Boeing P-12

Boeing P-12

The P-12 was one of the most successful American fighters produced between WW I and WW II. Used by both the Army and Navy (as the F4B), the P-12 was developed from prototypes built by the Boeing Airplane Company at their own expense. It was produced in a basic version and five additional series, -B through -F. The basic P-12 and the -B, -C and -D series had fabric-covered fuselages of bolted aluminum tubing. P-12E and -F fuselages were all-metal, semimonocoque (stressed skin) construction. All had wooden wings with fabric covering. The Army Air Corps received its first P-12 in Feb. 1929 and the last P-12F in May 1932. The last of the biplane fighters flown by the Army; some remained in service until 1941. In all, 366 were produced for the Army. More P-12Es were built (110) than any other series.


Span: 30 ft.
Length: 20 ft. 4 in.
Height: 9 ft.
Weight: 2,690 lbs. loaded
Armament: Two .30-cal. machine guns or one .30-cal. and one .50-cal.;244 lbs. of bombs carried externally.
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-17 of 500 hp.
Crew: One
Cost: $15,000
Serial number: 31-559
C/N: 1466

Maximum speed: 189 mph.
Cruising speed: 160 mph.
Range: 570 miles
Service Ceiling: 26,300 ft.
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