First known as the Curtiss Model 75, the Hawk was the predecessor to the Curtiss P-40. By the beginning of WWII the P-36 was already considered obsolete. Circumstances compelled limited use of P-36s in the opening stages of hostilities with Japan, but they were very soon relegated for use as a second-line aircraft in the training role.
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(updated February 2009)
Curtiss P-36A Hawk
Type: Fighter Crew: 1, Pilot Armament: one .50 cal machine gun, three .30 cal machine guns Specifications: Length: 28' 6" (8.69M) Height: 8' 5" (2.57M) Wignspan: 37' 4" (11.38M) Gross Weight: 5650.00lbs Propulsion No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Horsepower: 1050 hp Performance: Range: 830 miles (1336.00 Km) Cruise Speed: 250.00 mph (402.00 Km/H) Max Speed: 313.00 Mph (504.00 Km/H) Ceiling: 37200.0 Ft (11338.0M)
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