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P-36A Hawk
General characteristics
1 personCrew
2.7 tTake-off weight
0.71 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10 058 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-1830-17Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
681 km/hStructural
290 km/hGear
Offensive armament
12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
200 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 2
500 roundsAmmunition
1 001 shots/minFire rate
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png570 / 721/650 / 822/280 / 354Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
190 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the aircraft P-36A. For other uses, see P-36 (Family).


GarageImage P-36A.jpg

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.

General info

Flight Performance

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
Take-off run
476 465 10 058 17.5 18.5 4.4 6.9 168
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,048 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
534 504 10 058 17.1 17.3 19.4 10.6 168


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
681 290 520 ~12 ~5
Optimal velocities
< 290 < 380 < 460 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,981 m 1,050 hp 1,229 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 9.5 mm steel behind pilot
  • Fuel tanks engine and pilot in fuselage


Offensive armament

The P-36A is armed with:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (200 rpg = 200 total)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 500 total)

Usage in battles

This fighter is a formidable dogfighter. Turn and burn. You are not so strong so look around often.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
No automatic pitch
Not controllable Controllable
No automatic control
Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 7.62 mm belts
II Compressor Airframe New 7.62 mm MGs
III Wings Repair Engine Offensive 12.7 mm belts
IV Engine Injection Cover New 12.7 mm MGs

Pros and cons


  • High climb rate, especially with WEP
  • Decent turn time when upgraded
  • Same armament as the P-26A-34/M2 Peashooter


  • Armament is inadequate for bombers


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.


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See also

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USA fighters
P-26 Peashooter  P-26A-33 · P-26A-34 · P-26A-34 M2 · P-26B-35
P-36 Hawk  P-36A · Rasmussen's P-36A · P-36C · P-36G
P-39 Airacobra  P-400 · P-39N-0 · P-39Q-5
P-40  P-40C · P-40E-1 · P-40F-10
P-43 Lancer  P-43A-1
P-47 Thunderbolt  P-47D-25 · P-47D-28 · P-47M-1-RE · ⋠P-47M-1-RE · P-47N-15
P-51 Mustang  P-51 · P-51A (Thunder League) · P-51D-5 · P-51D-10 · P-51D-20-NA · P-51D-30 · P-51H-5-NA
P-63 Kingcobra  P-63A-5 · P-63A-10 · P-63C-5 · ␠Kingcobra
Prototypes  XP-55
F2A Buffalo  F2A-1 · Thach's F2A-1 · F2A-3
F3F  F3F-2 · Galer's F3F-2
F4F Wildcat  F4F-3 · F4F-4
F4U Corsair  F4U-1A · F4U-1A (USMC) · F4U-1D · F4U-1C · F4U-4 · F4U-4B · F4U-4B VMF-214
F6F Hellcat  F6F-5 · F6F-5N
F8F Bearcat  F8F-1 · F8F-1B
Other countries  ▃Ki-43-II · ▃Ki-61-Ib · ▃A6M2 · ▃Bf 109 F-4 · ▃Fw 190 A-8 · ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc