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Boeing P-26A Peashooter Wheeler Field, Hawaii, Dec 1941
General Background
Boeing’s first and last all-metal monoplane fighter produced for the US Army Air Corps. was the P-26. Known as the “Peashooter” there were 111 P-26As produced. The wings were braced with wire instead of wooden struts and this reduced drag and along with a 500 hp engine the aircraft was much faster than the older bi-planes. The mono-wing also meant a higher landing speed so flaps had to be added to slow the aircraft down. It had fixed landing gear and an open cockpit with just a windscreen to protect the pilot.
The Aircraft
At the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii the Boeing P-26 Peashooter had been removed from front line duty and replaced by the newer Seversky P-35 and Curtiss P-36A. The P-26 duties were now mechanic training, spare parts and hack flights between islands. On December 7, 1941 there were approximately 10 P-26s at Wheeler Field located on the island of Oahu but after the attack six had been destroyed and one damaged. It is thought that two P-26s got airborne during the raid but doubt they inflicted any damage.
Specifications :
Country of origin: USA
Manufacturer: Boeing Aircraft Company
Role: Fighter
Crew: One
Dimensions: Wing span - 27 ft. 11.5 in.
  Length - 23 ft. 10 in.
  Height - 10 ft. 5 in.
Weight: Empty - 2,197 lbs
  Maximum - 2,955 lbs.
Performance: Engine - Pratt and Whitney R-1340-27 (500 hp)
  Maximum speed - 234 mph (203 knots)
  Cruising speed - 199 mph (172 knots)
  Landing Speed - 82 mph (71.26 knots)
  Range - 360 statute miles (313 nautical miles)
  Service ceiling - 27,400 ft.
Armament 2 X fixed .30-cal. machine guns or,
  1 X .50- and one .30-cal. machine gun and
  Up to 200 lbs. of bombs