P-26A-34

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P-26A-34 Peashooter
p-26a_34.png
Cockpit
FIND ON MARKETPLACE
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.0/1.0/1.0BR
1 personCrew
1.1 tEmpty weight
1.6 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 500 mCeiling
sec18.2/18.2/18.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Pratt & Whitney R-1340-33Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
508 km/hStructural
508 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 7.62 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 1
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 001 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 х 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 1
Economy
Sl icon.png960/740/300Repair
450 Sl icon.pngCrew training
3 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.00 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the aircraft P-26A-34. For other uses, see P-26 (Family).

Description

GarageImage P-26A-34.jpg


The P-26A-34 Peashooter is a gift Rank I American fighter with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was available only twice in War Thunder history, once in November 2014 Thanksgiving sale as a reward for buying two discounted packs, the second in the 2015 Independence Day event as a prize in a tournament.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 2,286 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
367 357 8 500 18.6 19.6 9.2 9.2 170
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 2,286 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
384 377 8 500 17.7 18.0 16 12 170

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
508 508 N/A ~25 ~11
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 280 < 340 < 340 > 150
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,828 m 570 hp 621 hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour
  • Fuel tanks in fuselage and wing roots

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: Browning (7.62 mm)

The P-26A-34 is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.62 mm Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: AN-M30A1 (100 lb)

The P-26A-34 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (200 lb total)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe Mk.41
III Wings repair Engine New 7mm MGs
IV Cover

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Best 7.7 mm machine gun type for reserve planes
  • Good roll rate, better than any of the reserve biplanes from the other factions
  • Good turn rate, though worse than other reserve biplanes

Cons:

  • Performance scales poorly. Should generally be replaced as soon as more advanced planes become available.
  • Slow, but faster than other reserve biplanes
  • Engine and fuel fires spell certain death due to wooden/canvas construction and lack of self-sealing fuel tanks.
  • Fragile, especially to HE rounds from cannons.

History

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In-game 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 often lost their lives, 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."

Media

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See also

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External links

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  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.


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