"I would like to take this opportunity to commend all of you on the fine direction you are headed with the improvements to the Planes of Fame Museum. The Museum has been a valuable asset to the aviation community for many years and I believe the changes only increase the positive impact that will be made."

Thomas W., Riverside, CA
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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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