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.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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5 Responses to Peashooter

  1. Thanks for the great photos and sketch, Kate. I love P-26s. The ‘between the wars’ era paint schemes are pretty special too.

  2. Linda Tuell says:

    What a fun and wonderful post! As always, thanks for all you share, including your amazing talent!! Linda Tuell

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Pingback: Disassembly | Red Harp Arts

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