Chino Airshow 2006
Boeing P-26 Peashooter


The Boeing P-26 Peashooter was the first all metal mono-wing fighter to be built by the United States. It first flew in 1932. To make the plane lighter, Boeing used wires in place of traditional rigid struts used on other aircraft, reducing drag and weight. Because it was faster and could climb better than the biplanes of the era, th Army became very interested in these airplanes and ordered 136 pre-production aircraft. Boeing built 12 different export versions of the P-26, 11 for China and one version for Spain. There were a group of P-26 Peashooters in the Phillipines when they were invaded in 1941. P-26s managed to shoot down several Zeroes, even though the Zero was more advanced and faster. Only 2 original P-26 Peashooters exist today, this one featured here and one at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian. The P-26 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base is a replica. This was the first time that a P-26 has flown anywhere since the mid 1980s. What a treat!


















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