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Wright R-1820
1,200 hp
4,675 lbs.
5,880 lbs.
2- .50, 4- .30 cal.
28 ft. 6 in.
37 ft.
260 mph
320 mph
2,500 fpm
32,350 feet
650 miles

Curtiss P-36 Hawk
Curtiss P-36 Hawk

When it first flew in May of 1935, the Curtiss P-36 Hawk was the most modern aircraft in the world.

Curtiss P-36 Hawk innovations at the time were retractable landing gear, a mono wing design, an enclosed cockpit, and all-metal construction.

The United States Army Air Corps placed their largest peace time order to date for a fighter aircraft when they asked Curtiss to deliver 210 of the aircraft. The production Curtiss P-36 Hawk started entering U.S. service in 1938.

At the start of the United States involvement in World War Two on December 7, 1941, the Curtiss P-36 Hawk was the primary fighter that went up against the Japanese over Hawaii. By that time the USAAC was already beginning to replace the aircraft in front line service.

In 1937 a basic version of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk was exported to Argentina, China and Siam. Fighters from China and Siam engaged Japanese aircraft in defense of their countries.

The Curtiss P-36 Hawk was also exported to England, Finland, France, India, the Netherlands, Persia, Peru and Norway.

The last Curtiss P-36 Hawk in military service flew for the Argentine Air Force until February of 1954.

Approximately 600 Curtiss P-36 Hawk aircraft were produced.

Curtiss P-36 Hawk
Curtiss P-36 Hawk from Black Hawk Model.

The first four pictures on this page are of the nice looking rc Curtiss P-36 Hawk done by Ronnie Dawn. It is from a Black Hawk Model kit for sale. It has a wingspan of 63" and a length of 52". Ronnie uses a KMS 4130/07 motor for power. All up weight is just over 8 lbs.

EAMRC has a rc Curtiss P-36 Hawk. Its wingspan measures 38". It features a fiberglass fuselage with foam core wings.  You can power it with engines from .15 to .25 in size or a Speed 600 size motor.

RBC Models has a rc Curtiss P-36 Hawk kit. The wingspan is 40". Balsawood and plywood are used in constructing the model. Recommended power comes from a Speed 600 motor swinging a 12 x 10 propeller through a gear box.

Kit Cutters has plans, and kits for the rc Curtiss P-36 Hawk. Their Scale Plans Curtiss P-36 Hawk has a wingspan of 82". Their other Curtiss P-36 Hawk is from Jerry Bates Plans. That also has a wingspan of 82". Bates recommends powering it with either ST 3250 or G45 motors. All up weight should come to between 18 and 24 lbs.

Cleveland Model & Supply Co. has plans for the rc Curtiss P-36 Hawk. Wingspans are 28", 37 1/2", 56", 75" and 112".

The last picture on this page is of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk scratch built by Ceeray of RC Groups. Is is 1:12 scale with a wingspan of 38". Power comes from a Typhoon 15/13 motor. Construction is mostly from foam and fiberglass and weight is about 30 oz. The model is in a Finnish Air Force scheme.

Curtiss P-36 Hawk
Curtiss P-36 Hawk built by Ronnie Dawn.

Front view of Dawn's Curtiss P-36 Hawk.

Curtiss P-36 Hawk by Ceeray.

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