Designation: F6C-4

Curtiss F6C-4

Curtiss F6C-4 Hawk

A picture of the Curtiss F6C-4 Hawk

The Curtiss F6C Hawk was an interwar Navy and Marine Corps single engine, single seat fighter based on the Army’s Curtiss P-6 Hawk. Like the P-6 the early versions of the F6C were powered by a Curtiss V-12 liquid cooled engine. The aircraft was armed with two .30 caliber machine guns and could carry a small bomb load. Due to the aircraft’s sturdy design and construction, the F6C became one of the Navy’s first aircraft capable of dive bombing at a steep angle.

A prototype of an updated version of the Hawk, designated F6C-4, was delivered to the Navy in 1927. The Navy had decided that air cooled radials were easier to maintain than liquid cooled inline engines while at sea, so the F6C-4 was designed and built with a Pratt & Whitney R-1340. The Navy ordered thirty-one F6C-4s and assigned them to Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2B) aboard the USS Lexington. The Navy retired them from front line service in 1930, though the Marine Corps continued to use them until late 1932. Most of the Marine F6C-4s were assigned to Marine Fighter Squadron 10 (VF-10M) at Naval Air Station San Diego.

On loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Wingspan 37 ft 6 in.

Wingspan

Length 22 ft 6 in.

Length

Height 10 ft 11 in.

Height

Weight 2,785 pounds (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 155 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 22,900 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 360 miles

Range

Engines One Pratt & Whitney R-1340 radial, 410 horsepower

Engine

Crew 1

Crew


Manufacturer
Curtiss Aircraft Company

Markings
Marine Fighter Squadron 10 (VF-10M), Naval Air Station San Diego, 1931

Designation
F6C-4

Serial Number
A-7404

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