P-26A-34 M2 Peashooter

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General Info

P-26A-34 Peashooter in the Garage.

The P-26A-34 M2 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

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General play style

The P-26A-34 M2 Peashooter is a reserve fighter for the American tree of fighters. Americans are known to use the Boom and Zoom Tactics and most people recommend to use that same tactic for this plane.

The P-26A-34 M2 Peashooter's armament differs from the other American reserve planes in that it carries a single 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun with 200 rounds in the place of one of the 7.62 mm machine guns. This is the same set up as the P-36A and F2A-1. The 12.7 mm is more powerful, takes longer to overheat, has a longer reload time, and has a slightly lower rate of fire than the 7.62 mm.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Armament is good for a reserve aircraft
  • Pretty fast for a reserve plane
  • It is a monoplane reserve plane
  • Turning is okay

Cons:

  • Slower than some late biplanes
  • No Armour
  • Poor Dive Characteristics
  • Poor Energy Retention

Specification

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (200 rpg) [AB Reload time: 20s]
  • 1 x 7.62 mm M1919 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (500 rpg) [AB Reload time: 15s]

M2_Early

M2_Early

M2/early Browning USA

Pros

  • More powerful than the .30cals.
  • High rate of fire, though lower than the .30cals.
  • Accurate.

Cons

  • Weaker than cannons
  • Like the .30cals, default belts usually contain ball ammunition.



30_Browning_belts

30_Browning_belts

30-06 Browning

Pros

  • Very large ammo loads
  • High rate of fire
  • Take a very long time to overheat

Cons

  • Very weak in terms of power.
  • Default belts contain ball ammunition with a tendency to glance off harmlessly.



Payload

  • 2 x 100 lbs AN-M30A1 bombs

Engine & Mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-33 9-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 504 hp (Stock), 608 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 565 hp (Stock), 669 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 325 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-33 9-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 499 hp (Stock), 608 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 560 hp (Stock), 669 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 325 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-33 9-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 499 hp (Stock), 608 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 560 hp (Stock), 669 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 325 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 359 km/h
    • at height: 2,286 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 19.1 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.2 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 170 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 397 km/h
    • at height: 2,286 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 17.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 19.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 170 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 346 km/h
    • at height: 2,286 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 19.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 8.1 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: 346 km/h
    • at height: 2,286 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 19.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 8.1 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 rank 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

Many problems were revealed when the P-26's operation began. Due to its narrow landing gear tread and a landing speed too fast for its time, the aircraft was prone to nose over. When this happened, the pilots were often killed, although the planes themselves were not seriously damaged. As a result, the fuselage spine fairing was redesigned. Its height was increased by 20 cm, and the reinforced structure could endure a load of more than 12 tons if hit. The 29th production P-26А was the first to obtain this enlarged fuselage spine fairing, and the planes already produced were modified directly on the front lines.

New wing flaps allowed the aircraft's landing speed to be reduced. The plane was also equipped, in the event of an emergency landing on water, with two inflatable sacks occupying the containers in the wing roots. Beginning at the 26th production aircraft, this equipment became standard for the P-26А, but it was not installed on the aircraft already produced. There is no documented evidence that this system was ever used for its intended purpose, but one aircraft crashed after the raft kit opened spontaneously during flight.
P-26Аs produced later had reinforced armament: one synchronous 7.62 mm Browning M1 machine gun to the left of the fuselage and one synchronous large-calibre 12.7 mm Browning M2.5 machine gun to the right. The magazine capacity of the large-calibre machine gun was 200 rounds.
A combined total of 111 machines of the P-26A variant were produced. The 20th Fighter Group was the first in the USAAC to be armed with Peashooters. It was followed by two more: the 1st Fighter Group based in Selfridge, Michigan, and the 17th Fighter Group at March Air Force Base, California. At various times, P-26s were operated in 22 USAAC fighter squadrons.

Peashooters were flown by many pilots who later occupied high positions in the USAAF and then in the USAF, including Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold, future Commander-in-Chief of the USAF.

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-34 M2
Nation USA
Type light Fighter
Fighting style Energy Fighting
Turn Fighting

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   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Empty Weight ~1100 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~1390 kg
Takeoff Weight ~1592 kg
Wing Area ~14 m²
# Flap Positions 2
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) ~79.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~2425 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~3064 lb
Takeoff Weight ~3510 lb
Wing Area ~150 ft²
# Flap Positions 2
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) ~16.18 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
1 x .30-06 Browning USAAF 500 RPG
1 x M2/early Browning 200 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
Combat Flaps 520 kph
Max static +G's ~25
Max static -G's ~10
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <280 kph
Rudder <340 kph
Elevators <340 kph
Radiator >150 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 316 mph
Gear lmit 316 mph
Combat Flaps 323 mph
Max static +G's ~25
Max static -G's ~10
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)