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Boeing P-26 Peashooter

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Composite image. The diminutive "Peashooter", as it became affectionately known by service pilots, was faster than previous American combat aircraft.
Nonetheless, due to the rapid progress in aviation design in the 1930s, its design was to quickly become an anachronism, with its wire-braced wings, fixed landing gear and open cockpit representing outdated design features. The Curtiss P-36, Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Hawker Hurricane, with enclosed cockpits, retractable landing gear and monocoque wings, all flew for the first time in 1935, just three years later than the P-26. However, the P-26 was easy to fly, and it remained in service until the U.S. entered World War II.
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Boeing P-26 Peashooter

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August 2012
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