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P26A PEASHOOTER WHEELER,HI 1:48 by Hobby Master
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.
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.