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"I visited Planes of Fame a week ago and was highly impressed. I've been a docent at the National Air and Space Museum (Garber facility) for the past 26 years, and I can truthfully say that your museum doesn't take a back seat to the national museum at all. Why? Because your aircraft are where they out to be- in real airplane hangars AND most of them FLY... I could go on and on. For years I've been telling visitors on my tours to go to Chino if they had the chance. Now I'm going to tell them to MAKE the chance."
Jack W., Email
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- 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.
- Only flyable original P-26 in the world.
- First all-metal monoplane fighter for the USAAC, and last to have fixed landing gear.
|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
|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