Prior to the start of my volunteer shift couple weeks ago, the morning’s volunteers were escorted to the basement to see the newly arrived Boeing P-26 Peashooter. It was still in pieces. It is on loan from San Diego Air and Space Museum for Boeing’s Centennial.
I got the word that it would be assembled in the Well of the Great Gallery today. I dropped in after my sketch outing (see previous blog post). Fortunately, they were still at work on it and I got a chance to sketch it!
More about the aircraft: It was the first American all-metal production fighter aircraft and the first pursuit monoplane used by the United States Army Air Corps. Designed and built by Boeing; the prototype first flew in 1932, and the type was still in use with the U.S. Army Air Corps as late as 1941 in the Philippines. There are only two surviving Peashooters, but there are three reproductions on exhibit with two more under construction. What I don’t know and will ask is whether this one is an original or a reproduction.