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Build this authentic 28‑inch scale model of the first all‑metal low wing fighter to fly for the U. S. Army.
FULL SIZE PLANS ON a SHEET 28” X 37”
Four page article with building notes and illustrations
Scale 1” = 1’
Engine .29 to .49
By WALTER A. MUSCIANO
THE colorful U. S. Army "peashooter" described in this article was the first of the low‑wing all‑metal fighters. In view of its red, white, blue, yellow and black color scheme along with the distinctive appearance of the high headrest and full wheel covers. this scale control line model of the P‑26A has more glamour in its tail wheel than you will find in most models on the flying field today.
Designed by the Boeing Airplane Company of Seattle, Washington, makers of the famous B‑17 and B‑29 Super Fortress, the prototype was delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force for tests in 1933. The first three models were designated XP‑936 and the army was so pleased with this tiny pursuit plane (only 27 ft. wing span) that an order was given for 111 more to be designated P‑26A. Further orders for two P‑26B and twenty three P‑26C models brought the total to 136 planes of this design‑which was a big order in those days. A Pratt and Whitney "Wasp" of 550 hp produced a speed of 234 mph. Range was 635 miles and the ceiling 28,000 feet. Standard models had one .30 and one .50 caliber Browning machine gun in the fuselage side. However, some experimental models mounted additional guns in the wing root. The P‑26A was equipped with flaps which lowered the landing speed to 73 mph. Considered one of the finest fighting ships of its day, the P‑26A was copied by many other designers. It is said that the Russian "Mosca" and the Italian "Bergliamacei" fighters were patterned after this highly efficient pursuit.
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