Carousel 1 CAR6123 USAAC Curtiss P-36C Hawk Fighter - Major Kenneth M. Walker, "Gold Bug", 18th Pursuit Group, Wheeler Field, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 1940 (1:48 Scale)
"Why should we have a navy at all? There are no enemies for it to fight except apparently the Army Air Force."
- General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the US 8th Army Air Force, after WWII
The Curtiss P-36 Hawk, also known as Curtiss Hawk Model 75, was a U.S.-built fighter aircraft of the 1930s. A contemporary of the Hawker Hurricane and Messerschmitt Bf 109, it was one of the first fighters of the new generation - sleek monoplanes with extensive use of metal in construction and powerful piston engines. Obsolete at the onset of World War II and best known as the predecessor of the Curtiss P-40, the P-36 saw only limited combat with the United States Army Air Forces but was extensively used by the French Air Force and also by British Commonwealth and Chinese air units. Several dozen also fought in the Finnish Air Force against the Soviet Red Air Force. With around 1,000 aircraft built, the P-36 was a major commercial success for Curtiss.
This particular 1:48 scale replica of a P-36 Hawk was flown by Ken Walker then assigned to the USAAC 18th Pursuit Group, based at Wheeler Field in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during 1940. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 9-1/4 inches
Length: 8 inches
Release Date: September 2008
Historical Account: "National Landmarks" - Wheeler Army Airfield, also known as Wheeler Field and formerly as Wheeler Air Force Base, is a United States Army post located in the City & County of Honolulu and in the Wahiawa District of the Island of O'ahu, Hawaii. It is a National Historic Landmark for its role in the December 7th, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Soldiers from Schofield Barracks began clearing earth to make an aircraft landing strip in February 1922. On November 11th of that year, the resulting airfield was named in honor of Major Sheldon H. Wheeler, former commander of Luke Field on Ford Island. Wheeler Field was the site of several major historic aviation events prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, including the first nonstop Mainland-Hawaii flight in 1927; the great Dole Air Race from California to Hawaii; the first trans-Pacific flight from the U.S. to Australia in 1928, and the first Hawaii-to-Mainland solo flight in 1935 by Amelia Earhart. Ms. Earhart visited Wheeler Field in 1935 in her Lockheed Vega and in 1937 in her Lockheed Model 10 Electra. Kingsford Smith, in his plane, the Southern Cross, also used the airfield on his historic flights across the Pacific.