P-26A PeashooterItem#: HN-TAMC163
- U.S. Patrol and ASW Aircraft
- Propeller-driven aircraft, two engine
- Handcrafted, hand-painted mahogany construction
- Scale: 1/72nd
- Operators: U.S. Army Air Corps, Philippine Army Air Corps, Guatemalan Air Force, others
- Time in operation: 1933-1957
- pre-World War II era
- Manufacturers: Boeing
- Length: 12 inches
- Wingspan: 14 inches
The Boeing P-26 holds a marked place in history, being the first U.S. all-metal fighter in production and first monoplane fighter used by the U.S. Army Air Corps. It was also the last Boeing fighter used by the U.S. military until Boeing acquired McDonnell-Douglas and the F/A-18. Called the Peashooter by its American pilots, the P-26 was a very easy to fly aircraft, but it was quickly outpaced by foreign aircraft. Though the Peashooter never saw combat with American pilots, both Chinese and Philippine pilots used the fighter in the early stages of World War II, fighting against Japanese invaders. Guatemala acquired a few surplus aircraft during World War II, utilizing them in combat operations until 1954 and flying them until 1957.
The P-26 is presented here in exactly the same manner as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum example. Precisely reproduced down to the last exacting detail, this model's beautiful finish will make it a fine and colorful addition to any collection.
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