Carousel 1 CAR6122 USAAC Curtiss P-36C Hawk Fighter - Willis Taylor, 27th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, USAAC Cleveland Air Races, September 1939 (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 Willis Taylor of the 27th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, then participating at the USAAC Cleveland Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio during September 1939. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 9-1/4 inches
Length: 8 inches
Release Date: September 2008
Historical Account: "The Need for Speed" - The 1939 USAAC Air Race, held in Cleveland, Ohio, broke all previous attendance records. The 30,000 car parking lot was almost full, even though the total prize money for the three day event was cut by $17,000. The only new design for the 1939 races was the Floyd-Bean special, but it was damaged on landing in an early test flight and did not appear at the races. Steve Wittman's "Chief Oshkosh" which crash landed in the 1938 Oakland race was not rebuilt. Benny Howard's "Ike" & "Mike" now painted yellow by their new owner were prevented from racing by numerous mechanical problems. The Brown "Miss Los Angeles" which had it's wire braced wing and fixed landing gear replaced by a cantilever wing with retractable landing gear was restored to it's original wing and gear after the change was found to be ineffective. The Keith Rider R-6 "Eight Ball" returned with a new elliptical wing and no spinner on it's propeller. The "eight ball" graphic no longer appeared on the sides of the fuselage.
The situation in Europe exploded into war, the Henderson brothers decided to retire from managing the National Air Races for other business interests. It was obvious this would be the last air race for an unknown period of time. (Courtesy: Society of Air Racing Historians)