P-26A-33 Peashooter

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General Info

P-26A-33 Peashooter in the Garage.

The P-26-A-33 Peashooter is a reserve American light fighter with a battle rating of 1.0. It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Like most US Fighters the P-26A-33 Peashooter is a decent Energy Fighter even though its high lift creates unstable diving characteristics. Despite being a monoplane, the P-26 is not the fastest starting fighter. In most regards the P-26A-33 will be outmatched by enemy fighters; for example, the Japanese Ki-10s will not only turn circles around the P-26A-33, but will out-climb it and out-run it too. However, the slow German He 51 makes an easy target for a P-26A. P-26 pilots should instead focus on attacking and harassing enemy bombers.

Unlike the P-26A-34 M2 Peashooter, the P-26A-33 does not have a 12.7mm (.50cal) M2 Machine Gun. Because both fighters are available at the same time and identical in all other regards, this makes the P-26A-34 M2 the clearly superior choice. The P-26A-33 should be reserved for Arcade Battles as a backup.

Vehicle characteristics

The P-26A-33 Peashooter is a reserve monoplane for the US Faction in War Thunder. The P-26 series are the only reserve monoplanes available to new players. The difference between the P-26A and P-26B variants are negligible (the B variant received a fuel-injector engine).

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fairly good speed, for a reserve plane.
  • Stable turning.

Cons:

  • Slower than some late biplanes.
  • No armour.
  • Poor dive characteristics.
  • Poor energy retention.

Specification

Armaments

Offensive armaments

Payloads

  • 2 x 100 lbs AN-M30A1 bombs

Engine & Mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-27 9-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Takeoff power: 524 hp (Stock), 578 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 325 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-27 9-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Takeoff power: 519 hp (Stock), 550 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 325 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-27 9-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Takeoff power: 519 hp (Stock), 550 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 325 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 366 km/h
    • at height: 2,286 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 18.8 s
  • Rate of Climb: 9.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 170 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 391 km/h
    • at height: 2,286 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 17.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 14.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 170 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 350 km/h
    • at height: 2,286 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 19.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 9.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 170 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 377 km/h
    • at height: 2,286 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 18.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 12.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 170 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 350 km/h
    • at height: 2,286 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 19.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 9.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 170 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 377 km/h
    • at height: 2,286 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 18.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 12.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 170 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)



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Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

On this early tier of aircraft any upgrade is valuable and easy to come by. In general "Engine" and "Compressor" are good upgrades, likewise for the "Offensive 7.62 mm belts" and "New 7.62 mm MGs" unlocks.

History of creation and combat usage

The Boeing P-26 Peashooter was a plane both ahead of its time and quickly made obsolete. First flown in 1932, the P-26 is the oldest plane in the game. It was one of the first all metal monoplanes adopted into military service in 1933 (In comparison, the He 51 and Ki-10 entered service in 1935), making it one of the fastest fighters in the world at the time, but it suffered from poor flight performance and dangerous landing characteristics. However, as newer fighters entered service around the world, the P-26s advantages diminished and its disadvantages became vulnerabilities. By the time of World War Two, the P-26 was hopelessly obsolete.

The P-26 saw the most of its combat serving in the Chinese Nationalist Air Force during the Second Sino-Japanese War, against Japanese Ki-10s, and notably A5Ms in some of the first all metal monoplane dogfights. Although it performed admirably in the pursuit role (bomber interception), in air-to-air combat with Japanese fighters, the deficiencies of the model showed.

In US service, the P-26 had a similar record. During the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, the P-26s scored only a handful of air-to-air kills against Japanese attackers. On December 24, 1941, their crews burnt the remaining planes to prevent their capture. Of the one hundred and fifty one built, only nine P-26s air worthy remained on Christmas 1941, a single squadron defending the Panama Canal Zone, which were removed from service shortly after.

Ingame description

A single-seat, all-metal braced monoplane fighter with an open cockpit and non-retractable landing gear in its fairings. It was designed by the design office of the Boeing Company. The XP-936 (Model 248) prototype made its first flight on 20 March 1932. The aircraft was accepted for service with the USAAC under the designation of P-26А. Full-scale production was started at the Boeing plant in Seattle in December 1933. The first production P-26А (Model 266) got off the ground in January 1934.

The P-26А had a 550 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340-27 nine-cylinder, air-cooled engine equipped with a Hamilton Standard two-bladed, controllable-pitch metal propeller.
The P-26А's armament consisted of two synchronous 7.62 mm Browning M1 machine guns with 500 rounds each. The machine guns were mounted below the forward fuselage, and they fired through the arc of the spinning propeller. A C-3 gun sight was fitted in front of the cockpit. A G-4 gun camera could be installed over the right wing's centre section.
Under the centre wing sections, an A-3 bomb rack that could carry either two 100 lb (45 kg) high-explosive bombs or five 30 lb (14 kg) fragmentation bombs could be mounted.
Externally, production P-26Аs differed from prototype machines in their wing panels with elliptical tips and short landing gear fairings. Changes were introduced into the wing design, and a radio set was installed. An antenna mast was mounted on the starboard side, in front of the cockpit.
The first P-26А fighters were transferred to the 20th Fighter Group located at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The P-26 was nicknamed the Peashooter by pilots.

Operational pilots praised the fighter's great flight characteristics, such as its rate of climb and excellent maneuverability. Pilot complaints included poor forward visibility during taxiing and takeoff, as well as by landing difficulties. Taxiing out to the start line in the S-curve became a standard Peashooter maneuver to reduce the takeoff accident rate.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the P-26 series from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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P-26A-33
Nation USA
Type light Fighter
Fighting style Energy Fighting
Turn Fighting

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Empty Weight ~1088 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~1378 kg
Takeoff Weight ~1592 kg
Wing Area ~14 m²
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 530 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~376.99 kph at 2286 m
Climb Rate ~11.98 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~198.62 kph
Turn Time ~15.96 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~78.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~2399 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~3038 lb
Takeoff Weight ~3510 lb
Wing Area ~150 ft²
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 530 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~234.25 mph at 7500 m
Climb Rate 39.30 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~123.42 mph
Turn Time 15.96 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~15.98 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
2 x .30-06 Browning USAAF 500 RPG
Payload Option 1
Nothing Loaded Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
2 x 💣 100 lbs AN-M30 Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 508 kph
Gear lmit 508 kph
Max static +G's ~25
Max static -G's ~11
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <280 kph
Rudder <340 kph
Elevators <340 kph
Radiator >150 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 316 mph
Gear lmit 316 mph
Max static +G's ~25
Max static -G's ~11
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <174 mph
Rudder <211 mph
Elevators <211 mph
Radiator >93 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is not controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is not controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
1828 m
5997 ft
100% Enginepower 570 hp
WEP Enginepower 621 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)