P-26  “Peashooter”

p 26 140x105The Boeing P-26 “Peashooter” was the first all-metal production fighter aircraft, and was also the first “pursuit” monoplane  used by the U.S. Army Air Corps.  To add to the list of “firsts”, it was also the debut of flaps to reduce landing speeds.  Sadly, it was the last fighter built by Boeing.
The prototype first flew in 1932, and the type was still in use in the Philippines as late as 1941.  The unusual high-back canopy , which was armored, was added due to the planes unfortunate tendency to flip over after a bad landing due to the short nose.
Despite the small production, the type actually served until 1956 with the Guatemalan Air Force.  MAM’s replica P-26 was built completed in 2006, and is painted to represent the 1st Pursuit Group, 94th Pursuit Squadron circa 1935-36.

Country: USA

Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-7 “Wasp” radial engine

Horsepower: 600 hp

Max Speed: 234 mph

Weight: 3,360 lbs

Ceiling: 27,400 feet

Wing Span: 28 ft

Length: 23 ft

Height: 10 ft

Combat Radius: 360 miles

Crew: One

Armament: Two .30 inch M1919, Browning machine guns, One 200lb bomb

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Fighter Factory operates and mainatins many WWII & WWI flying military aircraft including:

Fighters | Bombers | Trainers |Liaison & Other historical Military antiques

Spitfire | P-51 Mustang | Hawker Hurricane | TMB Avenger | P-40 Curtiss | PBY Catalina | FG-1D | SNJ-2 | T28-D | Corsair | Polikarpov PO-2 | Polikarpov I-15bis | Polikarpov I-16 Rata | Polikarpov I-163 | YAK | A-26 Invader | Junkers JU-52 | Sopwith Strutter | Tiger Moth DH-82A | SPAD SXIII | FM-2 Wildcat | Stearman N2S-3 | AD-4 Skyraider | Alabtros D.Va | Beechcraft T-34B | Bell P-63 | Bleriot X1 | Peashooter P26-D | Jungmeister 133C | Chipmunk DGC-1 | WACO YMF-5 | V1 Flying Bomb | Focke Wolfe FW-44J | Fokker Tri-Planes | Fokker Bi-Planes | Halberstadt | TG-4A | Russian LA-9 | Nieuport model 11 |

The above list is incomplete and we have more aircraft available at the museum


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is the restoration & maintenance & facility for the
Military Aviation Museum.

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The new hangar was recently built in April 2011 on the grounds of the Virginia Beach Airport adjacent to the Museum

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We employ a team of 15 highly skilled and experienced aviation technicians to ensure our aircraft remain safely in flight operational status. Meeting all FAA standards as required

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