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Picture of Curtiss P-36 Hawk WW2 Fighter

The Curtiss P-36 Hawk was a 1930's fighter designed by Donovan Berlin which although effectively obsolete by the time the US entered WW2 saw limited combat with United States Army Air Force and it is of note that four Curtiss P-36 Hawks were able to get airborne in the Japanese attack on Peal Harbour and shoot down two Japanese Nakajima B5N bombers. Although the Curtiss P-36 Hawk saw very little action with US forces during WW2 it was extensively used by the French, British Commonwealth and Chinese Air Forces.

Curtiss P-36 Hawk Fighter Plane


It is of note that 229 Curtiss P-36 Hawk's entered service with the RAF as the Mohawk following the fall of France, some of these were brought to Great Britain by French pilots who were not prepared to surrender to the Germans and others Curtiss P-36 Hawk fighters were diverted deliveries that had been intended for the French air force. The RAF also acquired licence built P-36's made in India and designated them the Mohawk IV. It is of note that a number of license built Curtiss P-36 Hawk fighters remained in active service with the Argentinean Air Force until 1954.

Curtiss P-36A Hawk Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Length: 28 ft 6 in (8.7 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 1 in (11.3 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 2 in (2.8 m)
  • Empty weight: 4,665 lb (2,116 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 5,867 lb (2,661 kg)
  • Engine: Single 1,050 hp (783 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1830-13 Twin Wasp radial piston engine
  • Maximum speed: 322 mph (518 km/h)
  • Range: 650 mi (1,046 km)
  • Service ceiling 32,340 ft (9,860 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,500 ft/min (13 m/s)

Curtiss P-36A Hawk Armament:

  • Single 0.30 in machine gun
  • Single 0.50 in machine gunk

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