The Boeing P-26A of the mid-to-late 1930s introduced the concept of the high-performance, all-metal monoplane fighter design, which would become standard during World War II. A radical departure from wood-and-fabric biplanes, the Peashooter nonetheless retained an open cockpit, fixed landing gear, and external wing bracing.
Image Number: WEB12834-2013
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
For print or commercial use please see our permissions page.