P-36A Hawk

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General info

P-36A Hawk in the Garage.

The P-36A Hawk is a Rank I American fighter with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/SB) and 1.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.31.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

Arcade Realistic Simulator

Arcade Realistic Simulator

Arcade Realistic Simulator


General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good maneuverability
  • Good Speed

Cons:

  • Will catch fire easily.
  • Not very powerful armament.
  • Terrible roll rate.

Specifications

Armaments

M2_Late

M2_Late

M2 Late Browning USA

Pros

  • Improved shells over "M2 Early", especially with full M20 "Tracer" belt
  • Very high shell velocity
    • Accurate.
    • Easy to lead shots with.
  • More powerful than the .30 cals.
  • High rate of fire, though lower than the .30 cals.
  • Tracer rounds have a high chance of causing fires.
  • Typically loaded with large belt sizes to allow for prolonged bursts.

Cons

  • Less burst damage than cannons.
  • Short bursts and grazes do not typically cripple enemy planes if critical areas aren't hit.
  • Like the .30 cals, default belts usually contain ball ammunition.
  • Lacking armour-penetration capabilities of cannons.


30_Browning_belts

30_Browning_belts

30-06 Browning

Pros

  • Very large ammo loads
  • High rate of fire
  • Take a very long time to overheat

Cons

  • Very weak in terms of power.
  • Default belts contain ball ammunition with a tendency to glance off harmlessly.



Engine & Mobility

Arcade Realistic Simulator

Arcade Realistic Simulator

Arcade Realistic Simulator


Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-17 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 918 hp (Stock), 1165 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1092 hp (Stock), 1340 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 675 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-17 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 907 hp (Stock), 1025 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1081 hp (Stock), 1199 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 675 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-17 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 907 hp (Stock), 1025 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1081 hp (Stock), 1199 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 675 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 476 km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 10,058 m
  • Turn Time: 17.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 168 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 534 km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 10,058 m
  • Turn Time: 17.1 s
  • Rate of Climb: 19.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 168 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 465 km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 10,058 m
  • Turn Time: 18.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 168 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 504 km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 10,058 m
  • Turn Time: 17.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 10.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 168 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 465 km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 10,058 m
  • Turn Time: 18.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 168 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 504 km/h
    • at height: 3,048 m
  • Max altitude: 10,058 m
  • Turn Time: 17.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 10.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 168 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)



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0.26
0.52
0.78
1.04
1.3
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Ingame description

A single-seat cantilever monoplane fighter with an all-metal construction, closed cockpit and retractable landing gear with a tail wheel. Designed by Don R. Berlin at the Curtiss Wright Corporation design bureau.The plane's prototype (Model 75B) completed its maiden flight in mid-April 1935.

On the whole, test pilots gave the new plane positive reviews: they noted its ease of control and good maneuverability. The plane was also stable in flight and responded well to its pilot, reacting precisely to every movement of the stick.
Pleased with the results of the flight tests, the United States Army Air Corps signed a contract with the Curtiss company on 7 June, commissioning the immediate production of a series of 210 P-36A planes. This was the largest fighter order any American company had received since the end of World War I.
The plane was powered by the twin-row 14-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-1830-13 Twin Wasp air-cooled radial engine with a maximum output of 1,050 hp.
The plane's armament was standard for American fighters of the time – one 7.62 mm synchronized Colt-Browning ANM2.3 machine gun with 600 rounds and one 12.7 mm synchronized Colt-Browning ANM2.5 machine gun with 200 rounds.
The planes began to join USAAC combat units in April 1938. The first fighters joined the 55th, 77th and 79th Pursuit Squadrons, which made up the 20th Pursuit Group at the Barksdale Field airbase. As soon as the new plane went into active service, a number of problems became visible, in particular the design's weak structural integrity and incomplete exhaust system. Nonetheless, the military continued to gradually switch to P-36A fighters in the 1st Pursuit Group at Selfridge Field (17th, 27th and 94th PS), the 8th Pursuit Group at Langley Field (33rd, 35th and 36th PS) and the 16th Pursuit Group in the Panama Canal Zone (24th, 29th and 43rd PS).

A total of 180 P-36A planes were produced.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the P-36A Hawk from live.warthunder.com

Additional information (links)

References


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P-36A
Nation USA
Type Fighter
Fighting style Boom & Zoom

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Empty Weight ~2056 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~2500 kg
Takeoff Weight ~2649 kg
Wing Area ~22 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1025 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~589.00 kph at 3048 m
Climb Rate ~10.60 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~220.32 kph
Turn Time ~22.88 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~94.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~4533 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~5512 lb
Takeoff Weight ~5840 lb
Wing Area ~236 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1025 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~365.99 mph at 10000 m
Climb Rate 34.78 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~136.90 mph
Turn Time 22.88 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~19.25 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
1 x .30-06 Browning USAAF 500 RPG
1 x Browning 50cal synchronized 200 RPG
Limits
Max Speed limit 670 kph
Gear lmit 290 kph
Combat Flaps 520 kph
Max static +G's ~12
Max static -G's ~5
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <290 kph
Rudder <380 kph
Elevators <460 kph
Radiator >250 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 416 mph
Gear lmit 180 mph
Combat Flaps 323 mph
Max static +G's ~12
Max static -G's ~5
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <180 mph
Rudder <236 mph
Elevators <286 mph
Radiator >155 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
1981 m
6499 ft
100% Enginepower 1050 hp
WEP Enginepower 1229 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)