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Curtiss F6C HAWK

Naval Carrierborne Fighter Aircraft

United States | 1924

"The F6C Hawk was the US Navy and Marine model of the Armys Curtiss P-1 Hawk."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Curtiss F6C-3 HAWK Naval Carrierborne Fighter Aircraft.
1 x Curtiss D.12 "Conquerer" water-cooled inline engine developing 400 horsepower.
154 mph
248 kph | 134 kts
Max Speed
20,299 ft
6,187 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
351 miles
565 km | 305 nm
Operational Range
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Curtiss F6C-3 HAWK Naval Carrierborne Fighter Aircraft.
22.8 ft
6.96 m
O/A Length
31.6 ft
(9.63 m)
O/A Width
2,161 lb
(980 kg)
Empty Weight
3,349 lb
(1,519 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Curtiss F6C HAWK Naval Carrierborne Fighter Aircraft .
2 x .30 caliber machine guns
Notable series variants as part of the Curtiss F6C HAWK family line.
Model L-18-1
PW-8 - Production models of the Model L-18-1 of which 25 were produced for the US Army.
XPW-8B - Experimental variant fitted with Curtiss D-12 440hp engine.
P-1 - Production Variant of the XPW-8B
P-1A - 25 produced
P-1B - 25 produced; fitted with Curtiss V-1150-3 435hp engine.
P-1C - 33 produced; fitted with Curtiss V-1150-5 engine; wheel brakes implemented; ski landing gear.
AT-4 - Advanced Trainer Variant based on the P-1A; fitted with Wright-Hispano E 180hp engine.
P-1D - Fitted with V-1150 engine based on the AT-4 trainer model.
AT-5 - Improved trainer variant based on the P-1D model fitted with 220hp Wright Whirlwind J-5 radial engine.
P-1E - Converted AT-5 models with V-1150 engine.
AT-5A - Longer fuselage trainers; would later become P-1F.
P-1F - Converted AT-5A trainer models fitted with V-1150 engine.
F6C - United States Navy carrier-based fighter model.
F6C-1 - United States Marine Corps land-based F6C model based on the US Army P-1 fighter.
F6C-2 - Carrier-based model fitted with arrestor hook and other specialized landing equipment.
F6C-3 - Modified F6C-2 fighters
F6C-4 - Fitted with Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp radial generating 420hp.

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The Curtiss F6C Hawk series of aircraft was in fact the US Navy/Marine model of the US Army's P-1 Hawk series. The US Navy found the P-1 attractive enough to begin fielding it as a carrier-based aircraft whilst the US Marines operated it as a land-based fighter.

With its origins in the Model L-18-1 (which stemmed the PW-8 US Army production fighters), the P-1 was a biplane single-engine, single-seat fighter with fixed landing gears. In the interwar years, the system would become one of the many symbols in the evolution of the aircraft during this time. Tapered-wings, wheel brakes and evermore powerful engines produced a wild amount of variants for the Curtiss company that would see the Hawk series as a frontline fighter in all the major armed services of the time.

Armed modestly with a World War One-style array of .303 caliber machine guns, the aircraft was indeed a throwback to earlier days of aerial combat. The metal body-covering was, however, a taste of things to come throughout the 1930's. With a flight ceiling of over 20,000 feet and speeds in excess of 150 miles per hour, the P-1 and F6C Hawk series was a step in the right direction for American military aviation design.

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Total Production: 75 Units

Contractor(s): Curtiss - USA
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