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P-36C Hawk
General characteristics
1 personCrew
2.7 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
Pratt & Whitney R-1830-17Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
770 km/hStructural
290 km/hGear
Offensive armament
12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
200 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
3 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 2
1 500 roundsAmmunition
1 001 shots/minFire rate
5 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
6 300 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 270 / 1 606/970 / 1 227/410 / 518Repair
1 800 Sl icon.pngCrew training
6 300 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
× (106) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft P-36C. For other uses, see P-36 (Disambiguation)


GarageImage P-36CHawk.jpg

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.

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.

Stat card

Max Speed
(km/h at 3,048 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
473 462 9,754 17.2 18.2 4.4 6.9 183
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,048 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
531 501 9,754 16.8 17.0 19.4 10.6 183


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
670 290 520 ~17 ~9
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 1,299 hp

Engine performance

Engine Name Number present
Pratt & Whitney R-1830-17 14-cylinder 1
Engine characteristics
Weight (each) Type Cooling
675 kg Radial Air
Engine power (Stock)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 918 hp 1,165 hp
Realistic/Simulator 1,092 hp 1,340 hp
Engine power (Upgraded)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 907 hp 1,025 hp
Realistic/Simulator 1,081 hp 1,1 h99p
WEP Duration
Arcade Realistic/Simulator
25 seconds Infinite

Survivability and armour

  • 9.5 mm armored pilot seat
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks


Offensive armament

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

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
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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Skins and camouflages for the P-36C from live.warthunder

See also

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