P-26 Peashooter at NMUSAF

Boeing P-26 Peashooter replica at the NMUSAF’s Early Years Gallery.

P-26 Peashooter

P-26 Peashooter tail

Very much an interim aircraft, Boeing’s P-26 introduced the Army to low-wing pursuit monoplanes with metal stressed skin construction. But although capable of exceeding 230mph, the P-26 still had such archaic features as fixed landing gear and an open cockpit. Thus, the Peashooter had a short service life as P-35s and P-36s arrived, although a few in the hands of the Philippine Air Force did briefly see combat in late 1941.

Bibliography:

Photo: P-26C 33-194/17th Pursuit Squadron Air Pictorial October 1970 p.373

Photo: XP-26, with small headrest Air Classics June 1984 p.57

Air Arsenal North America: Aircraft for the Allies 1938-1945 Purchases and Lend-Lease by Phil Butler and Dan Hagedorn A Book Review