CURTISS P-6E "HAWK"

The aircraft pictured above is on display at the Air Force Museum

The P-6E, a first-line pursuit aircraft of the early 1930s, was the last of the fighter biplanes built in quantity for the Army Air Corps. Originally designated the Y1P-22, it was later redesignated the P-6E because of the similarity to the other P-6 series airplanes. Although it was never used in combat, it is remembered as one of the most beautiful biplanes ever built. Despite its excellent performance, only 46 P-6Es were ordered because of the shortage of funds for the Air Corps during the austere days of the depression.


Span: 31 ft. 6 in.
Length: 23 ft. 2 in.
Height: 8 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 3,432 lbs. loaded
Armament: Two .30-cal. machine guns.
Engine: Curtiss V-1570 of 600 hp.
Cost: $13,000

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed: 204 mph.
Cruising speed: 167 mph.
Range: 480 miles
Service Ceiling: 24,400 ft.

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