Curtiss P-1 Hawk
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Curtiss P-1 Hawk

On 7 March 1925, Curtiss was awarded a contract for 15 production examples of the XPW-8B as the P-1, this being the first fighter to which the company assigned the name Hawk. Externally similar to the XPW-8B, the P-1 was of mixed construction with wooden wings and steel-tube fuselage with fabric skinning, and was powered by a 435hp Curtiss V-1150-1 12-cylinder water-cooled engine. The final five aircraft were completed as P-2s, three of these later being converted to P-1A standards. Follow-on contracts were placed on 9 September 1925 for 25 P-1As (which had a 7.62cm longer fuselage); on 17 August 1926 for 25 P-1Bs (with V-1150-3 engine, larger wheels and modified radiator), and on 3 October 1928 for 33 P-1Cs (with wheel brakes). All these sub-types carried an armament of two 7.62mm guns. In the meantime, the USAAC had ordered advanced trainers utilising the same airframe, these comprising 35 AT-4s (180hp Wright V-720), five AT-5s and 31 AT-5As (220hp Wright R-790), and, in 1929, these were re-engined with the V-1150-3, all 35 AT-4s becoming P-1Ds and four AT-5s and 24 AT-5As becoming P-1Es and P-1Fs respectively. These conversions were essentially similar to the P-1B apart from having only one gun. Four P-1s were supplied to Bolivia, one P-1A went to Japan, and eight P-1As and eight P-1Bs were supplied to Chile.

Curtiss P-1 Hawk

    Take-off weight1330 kg2932 lb
    Empty weight955 kg2105 lb
    Wingspan9.63 m32 ft 7 in
    Length6.91 m23 ft 8 in
    Height2.72 m9 ft 11 in
    Wing area23.23 m2250.05 sq ft
    Range966 km600 miles

Curtiss P-1 HawkA three-view drawing (1280 x 892)

Bill Wilcox, 28.04.2013

I have a photo of Jimmy Doolittle standing in front of the lower pictured aircraft wearing Curtiss coveralls. The photo is autographed to "Sally, Billy, and Skip" at the bottom. WW

Rod Elliott, 10.12.2008

I am looking for scale drawings of a Curtiss P-1. If you know of any such drawings please let me know.

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