Curtiss P 6E Hawk
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 re-designated 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.
Maximum speed: 204 mph.
Cruising speed: 167 mph.
Range: 480 miles
Service Ceiling: 24,400 ft.