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Curtiss Model H-75N Hawk
Developed in 1936, the Hawk monoplane was used in considerable
numbers by the US Army Air Force as the P-36A. However, major sales
were made in export markets, with 753 being sold to Holland, France
and Norway. Some of the Norwegian Hawks were captured by the Germans
who sold them to Finland. The Finns operated them on skiis. Many others
ended up in R.A.F. service after the fall of France.
"They were involved in the Thai invasion of Indo-China
in Jan 1941, the first recorded combat taking place on Jan 11 when four
75Ns escorted nine Martin 139s in an attack on the French airfield at
Nakorn Wat. The formation was intercepted by four French Morane-Saulnier
M.S.406s. In the resulting air battle, the Thai Hawks claimed two Morane
fighters (although the claim was later refuted by the French).
Although the standard engine for the Model 75 was the 840hp Wright GR-1820 Cyclone, this machine is said to be fitted with a Pratt & Whitney R1830 Twin Wasp radial.
The museum's Hawk is presented in camouflage colour scheme,
with a red, white and blue rudder. The Curtiss constructors number 12763
has been suggested for this particular aircraft.
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