Curtiss P-36


The Curtiss Model 75... prototype for the P-36 and often referred to as the 'XP-36',
even though that designation was never officially issued and the airframe did not
became U.S. Army property until it was later rebuilt into the XP-37.


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The second Y1P-36, serial number 37-69, during service testing at Wright Field.


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Curtiss company photo showing an early production P-36A in flight over Buffalo, NY.


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A P-36A of the 94th Pursuit Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group.
See more photos of 1st Pursuit Group P-36s HERE.


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This P-36A was assigned to the 'A Flight' leader of the 36th PS, 8th PG at Langley Field in 1939.


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P-36A #33 (said to be serial 38-33) flown by the 24th Pursuit Squadron's CO, 1940.
The 24th was part of the 16th Pursuit Group... you can see some P-40s of the 16th HERE...


From: Alae Supra Canalem: Wings Over the Canal by Dan Hagdedorn via Wikimedia Commons - Larger Image



A P-36A of the 24th Pursuit Squadron, 16th Pursuit Group at San Jose, Costa Rica with a
B-18 of the 74th BS, 6th BG and an unidentified P-26. Note that the B-18 carries on her
tail the two-star insignia of a Major General, whom I have yet to identify.

The news tag attached to the reverse of the print reads as follows:

U.S. Army Planes Visit Costa Rica

A group of U.S. Army planes from the Panama Canal Zone visit the airport of San Jose,
Costa Rica. The airport building is in the rear. An Army mission from the U.S. is
helping to train the small army of this Central American republic.

Associated Press Photo 12/24/41


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A closer look at the P-36 and P-26...


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...and the P-36.


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A P-36C of the 23rd Composite Group, which was operating as part of the Air Corps Tactical
School at Maxwell Field, Alabama in 1940. The ACTS was the immediate forerunner of the Army
Air Forces School of Applied Tactics, headquartered at Orlando Army Air Base, Florida.


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This P-36A of the 51st Pursuit Group was photographed at Oakland Airport, California in 1941.


From: USAAF Aircraft Markings and Camouflage 1941-1947 by Robert D. Archer - Larger Image
(Gordon S. Williams via William L. Swisher)



A Hawk 75A-2 built for France at the Buffalo Airport, 1939.

See more French Hawks HERE...


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Mohawk III AR633, operated by 510 Squadron, RAF, a communications outfit. This ship was destroyed
on March 9th, 1944 when it was struck by a Hawker Typhoon while waiting to depart RAF Milfield.


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A large number of French Hawk 75s fell into German hands after France's surrender in 1940,
including this ship... H75A-4 No.50, one of just six A-4s to be delivered to the French. She
is said to have been assigned to III/JG77 for a brief time and then went on to serve alongside
many of her sister ships as a trainer with Fliegerschule 4, based at Furth near Nuremberg.
During her time with III/JG77 she apparently played the part of a British fighter
in a German film from 1941 titled 'Kampfgeschwader Lutzow'.


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