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P-6E

Curtiss P-6 Hawk

Aviolanda Curtiss P-6E Hawk I C.319 ML-KNIL

The Curtiss P-6 Hawk was an American single-engine biplane fighter introduced into service in the late 1920s with the United States Army Air Corps and operated until the late 1930s prior to the outbreak of World War II.

  • Role: Fighter
  • Manufacturer: Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company
  • First flight: 1927
  • Introduction: 1927
  • Number built: 70

Operators

  • Bolivian Air Force
  • Republic of China Air Force
  • Cuban Air Force
  • Japan bought one P-6S
  • Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force
  • United States Army Air Corps

Specifications (P-6E)

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 25 ft 2 in (7.67 m)
  • Wingspan: 31 ft 6 in (9.6 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
  • Wing area: 252 ft² (23.41 m²)
  • Empty weight: 2,669 lb (1,224 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 3,436 lb (1,559 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Curtiss V-1570C Conqueror liquid-cooled V12 engine, 700 hp (522 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 204 mph (177 kn, 328 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 167 mph (145 kn, 269 km/h)
  • Range: 285 mi (248 nmi, 459 km)
  • Service ceiling: 24,700 ft (7,529 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,480 ft/min (12.6 m/s)

Armament

  • 2 × .30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns