The export version of the BF2C-1, the Hawk III, differed
from the US Navy fighter-bomber in reverting to the
wooden wing structure of the F11C-2 (spruce beams
with plywood webs and spruce ribs) and in having a
Wright SR-1820F-53 Cyclone offering 785hp for take-off
and 745hp at 2925m. Gun armament comprised
two synchronised 7.62mm weapons.
The first export of the Hawk III was a single example to
Turkey delivered in April 1935, supply of 24 to Thailand following from August 1935. In March 1936, the first of a
total of 102 Hawk Ills was delivered to China, 90 of
these being assembled by the Central Aircraft Manufacturing
Company (CAMCO) at Hangchow. One other
purchaser of the Hawk III was Argentina, which took
delivery of 10 from May 1936. The last-mentioned
country also purchased the sole example of the Hawk
IV in July 1936, this using a Hawk III airframe with a full
sliding cockpit canopy, carburettor heating and an exhaust collector ring for the SR-1820F-56 Cyclone, which
delivered its maximum 745hp at 3810m.
The Hawk IV attained 399km/h at 3810m and 390km/h at 5000m.
| MODEL||Hawk III|
| Take-off weight||1958 kg||4317 lb|
| Empty weight||1457 kg||3212 lb|
| Wingspan||9.60 m||32 ft 6 in|
| Length||7.14 m||23 ft 5 in|
| Height||2.98 m||10 ft 9 in|
| Wing area||24.34 m2||261.99 sq ft|
| Max. speed||325 km/h||202 mph|
| Range||925 km||575 miles|
The aircraft in the lower photo is the sole Hawk IV prototype, which was later sold to Argentine Air Force.
|Brad Hensley, 25.03.2011|
The only known Hawk III left is in the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Bangkok
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