A USAAC contract placed on 14 May 1927 called for five
aircraft with airframes essentially similar to that of the
P-1, but powered by a turbo-supercharged Curtiss
V-1150-4 12-cylinder water-cooled engine. The first of
these was delivered in January 1928 as the XP-5, with
the remaining four following as P-5s by June 1928.
Dubbed Superhawk by the manufacturer, the P-5 had a
side-mounted exhaust-driven turbo-supercharger with
which it attained a service ceiling of 9450m.
Warm air was ducted from the exhaust manifold to the
cockpit, the heat being contained by a "cape" which
snapped around the cockpit rim and fitted closely about
the pilot. Two of the P-5s were lost in accidents shortly
after delivery, but the remaining two served with the
94th Pursuit Squadron until April 1932. The V-1150-4
(D-12F) engine was rated at 435hp and armament comprised
two 7.62mm machine guns.
| Take-off weight||1519 kg||3349 lb|
| Empty weight||1143 kg||2520 lb|
| Wingspan||9.60 m||32 ft 6 in|
| Length||7.21 m||24 ft 8 in|
| Height||2.82 m||9 ft 3 in|
| Wing area||23.41 m2||251.98 sq ft|
| Max. speed||235 km/h||146 mph|
|William Byrne, 14.01.2009|
Thanks for all of your work. Does anyone have a RC kit for this the Curtiss P-5 (or6) It is as old as I am so I thought this might be a good last plane for me.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?