«Boeing» model 100 (F4B-1 / P-12B). Photo. Characteristics
«Boeing» model 100 (F4B-1 / P-12B). Photo. Characteristics

«Boeing» model 100 (F4B-1 / P-12B). Photo. Characteristics



A type: single-engine biplane fighter

Crew: one pilot

The aircraft "Boeing" 100 model was built by on their own initiative in 1929 year. This small plane a few years earlier was the natural successor to the Marine fighter F2B / F3B the same company. The new machine was a big advantage - a small and lightweight design of its airframe with radial engine "Wasp» (Wasp) the latest developments of the company "Pratt & Whitney" enabled the company "Boeing" to create a plane that was 51 km / h faster than those who were then in operation fighters of "Boeing".

After testing two prototypes of the US Navy ordered 27 aircraft F4B-1, and after that, in 1931 year, - 46 aircraft F4B-2, equipped with engine fairings, ailerons Fries, and finally, 92 aircraft F4B-4 a broader keel. Another airplane in 23-4 were exported to Brazil.

In a rare manifestation of service unity, the US Air Force also ordered an 100 model, to which they appropriately designated the R-12, their purchases were 90 R-12 aircraft, 96 R-12S aircraft, 35 P-12D aircraft, 110 P-12E aircraft And 25 aircraft P-12F. These modifications differed from their naval counterpart in minor details. Used during the 1930-ies first as a front-line fighter, and then as a training aircraft, the last F4B / P-12 was decommissioned in 1941. At least two former civil aircraft of the 100 model still fly today.

«Boeing» model 100 (F4B-1 / P-12B). A photo



Basic data


  • Length: 6,12 m
  • Wingspan: 9,14 m
  • Height: 2,92 m


Range of flight: 597 km (371 miles)

Power point: company "Pratt & Whitney» R-1340-8 «Wasp»

Power: 500 l. from. (373 kW)

On right: This aircraft is painted like an airplane F4B-1 from VF-5B «Red Rippers", while the other aircraft model has 100 96 coloring-th Fighter Squadron US Air Force (USAAC).

The weight:

  • BLANK: 797 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 1150 kg


Date of first flight: May 6, 1929 (modification F4B-1)

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 275 km / h


The surviving airworthy modifications: Model 100