"I'm writing on the occasion of my 81st birthday. I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to participate in the fabulous air show... I met and chatted with many visitors that day- even a young 9-year old air enthusiast whose Dad told me the boy wanted to "Salute a soldier." We saluted and the boy was all smiles...it made my day as I fought back the tears."

Joe P., No address
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HISTORY

  • Entered service with U.S. Army Air Corp (USAAC) in 1934
  • One of three P-26s used by USAAC in the Panama Canal Zone; two still exist today, one at Planes of Fame Air Museum, and its sister ship at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
  • Acquired from Guatemalan Air Force in 1957 by the Museum's founder Edward Maloney.
  • Refurbished to flight in 1962 by Museum staff, complete restoration to flight in 2006.

DISTINCTION

  • Only flyable original P-26 in the world.
  • First all-metal monoplane fighter for the USAAC, and last to have fixed landing gear.

SPECIFICATIONS


Status: Flyable Length: 23 ft. 11 in.
Manufacturer: Boeing Height: 10 ft. 2 in.
Year: 1934 Maximum Speed: 234 mph
Model: P-26A Peashooter Cruise Speed: 199 mph
Serial Number: 33-123 Power Plant: One 600hp Pratt & Whitney R1340 Wasp 9-cylinder
air-cooled radial
Crew: 1 Range: 360 miles
Max T/O Weight: 3,360 lb. Service Ceiling: 27,400 ft.
Span: 27 ft. 11 in. Armament: Two synchronized 0.30-cal machine guns, & two
bombs


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