Basement Chronicles – Boeing P-26 Peashooter Interview
Most don’t know that our museum has a full fabrication shop—an “aircraft factory”—in our basement, deep below our galleries. Down in the depths of the Museum, volunteers draft schematics (or blueprints), bend metal, shape wood, and drill, hammer and rivet to create some of the airplanes you see on our galley floor. Many of these volunteers worked for large aerospace companies and our now lending us their expertise. The Basement Chronicles will follow their work. This edition focuses on the Boeing P-26 “Peashooter.”
I had the chance to sit down with Jerry Orr, the lead for building our P-26 Peashooter aircraft, and ask him some questions on the progress of the airplane since my last update. Since then, our restoration volunteers have completed the wings and started to place them onto the fuselage. They are also working on finishing the cockpit. Soon after that, they will paint the Peashooter and it will be ready to be moved to its display.