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Curtiss P-36 Hawk

In 1934, Curtiss decided to design a new monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear and an enclosed cockpit.  The resulting Model 75 first flew in 1935.  A U.S. Army design competition with Seversky resulted in the USAAC ordering the Seversky design into production as the P-35 and a few Model 75s as test aircraft designated as the P-36.

The P-36 was ordered into production in 1937.  Their performance was not up to the standard set by the Messerschmitt Bf109 and Supermarine Spitfire.  The Model 75 was sold to France, Great Britain and China.

The P-36 was further developed to be powered by an Allison V-1710 and re-designated the P-40 Warhawk.

Note: The U.S. Army Air Corps did not  adopt official nicknames for its aircraft until early in World War II.  The name Hawk was a name used by Curtiss for all its fighter aircraft.

 Specifications (P-6E)  Designations
Type: Fighter
Engine: one 1,050 hp (783 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1830-13 radial engine 
Model 75: Curtiss designation
P-36: U.S. Army Air Corps designation
Mohawk: RAF designation
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