|This page is about the aircraft P-36C. For other uses, see P-36 (Disambiguation)|
The P-36C Hawk is a Rank I American fighter with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB), 1.7 (RB), and 2.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.31.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 3,048 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 3,048 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 290||< 380||< 460||> 250|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|1,981 m||1,050 hp||1,299 hp|
|Engine Name||Number present|
|Pratt & Whitney R-1830-17 14-cylinder||1|
|Engine power (Stock)|
|Arcade||918 hp||1,165 hp|
|Realistic/Simulator||1,092 hp||1,340 hp|
|Engine power (Upgraded)|
|Arcade||907 hp||1,025 hp|
|Realistic/Simulator||1,081 hp||1,1 h99p|
Survivability and armour
- 9.5 mm armored pilot seat
- Self-sealing fuel tanks
The P-36C is armed with:
- 1 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, nose-mounted (200 rpg)
- 1 x 7.62 mm Browning M1919 machine gun, nose-mounted (500 rpg)
- 2 x 7.62 mm Browning M1919 machine guns, wing-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
Usage in battles
This aircraft is an all-round performer, with later versions taking on FW-190s and later 109 F variants. It has an excellent turn time at low and high speeds, a good dive speed and good rate of climb. Its higher altitude performance is fairly average, but this doesn't really matter since most lower tier games occur at lower/ ground level. The issue with the C variant is that its armament is sometimes in-effective against higher tier aircraft with armour as well as the ammo count being quite small, meaning frequent reloads. In Realistic Battles, it is recommended to climb straight- side-climbing can be done, but isn't normally necessary- and gain altitude over your opponent, before diving and pulling numerous energy loops, oval-shaped flight moves over the enemy. Head-ons, especially with little armour and the large radial engine, is not recommended unless the enemy is known to be weaker. A P-36 has the speed to catch and escort bombers if they choose to wait, and can do an excellent job of escorting higher tier bombers. The one weakness of the plane's maneuverability is its role rate, which can be countered by hard yaw movements, although this is only advised in large direction changes. In dog-fights, this reduces speed and accuracy.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
No automatic pitch
|Controllable||Not controllable||Combined||Not controllable||Not controllable|
Pros and cons
- Excellent climb speed.
- Excellent dive speed.
- Better-than-average turn-radius.
- Good energy retention.
- Small ammo count.
- Sometimes in-effective weapons.
- No bombs.
- Less-than-average roll rate at certain speeds.
- Weak armour.
- Poor in a head-on.
- Large engine that can get hit.
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