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Curtiss P-6 Hawk

The prototype P-6 Hawk was a P-2 Hawk re-engined with a Curtiss V-1570 Conqueror engine.  The prototype placed second in the 1927 National Air Race averaging 189 mph.

The definitive P-6, initially designated the XP-22, was a P-6 in which the engine was modified for prestone (glycol) cooling.  Redesignated the P-6E, this aircraft was the last fighter biplane produced in quantity for the U.S. Army Air Corps.

The nickname "Hawk" was used by Curtiss for all its fighters.  The U.S. Army Air Corps did not give aircraft official names until early in World War II.

 Specifications (P-6E)  Designations
Type: Fighter
Engine: one 600 hp (447 kW) Curtiss V-1570-23 Conqueror vee piston engine
P-6: U.S. Army Air Corps pursuit (fighter)
XP-22: initial designation of P-6E
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