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Curtiss P-6
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Specifications

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fighter
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Curtiss V12
700 h.p.
2,670 lbs.
4,440 lbs.
2 x .30 cal.
25' 2"
31' 6"
170 mph
205 mph
2,500 fpm
24,700 feet
285 miles
1929






Curtiss P-6 aircraft were known for their speed and maneuverability. They were also aircraft which needed the full attention of their pilots. Over 1/3 of the aircraft produced were lost while in flight or landing.

P-6 aircraft had wooden wings covered by fabric, and a metal frame fuselage. An innovation used for the engines was ethylene glycol cooling. Prior engines used water cooling. The new cooling method enabled the P-6 to operate at maximum power levels for longer periods of time. Oleo-strut landing gear were also standardized with the P-6.

In 1927 a prototype P-6 came in second at the U.S. National Air Races with a speed of 201 mph. In 1932, Popular Mechanics magazine reported that a P-6 with a supercharged engine set a 266 mph speed record for a cross-country flight.

Versions of the Curtiss P-6 were deployed from 1929 through 1939. A total of 70 aircraft of all types were produced.

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