Flightline 2020

Curtiss Wright H-75A-1 Hawk, G-CCVH

Curtiss H75 © Darren Harbar

The prototype of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk first flew in May 1935.

As WWII was impending, France was suffering of a lack of fighter aircraft and ordered from Curtiss these airplanes that would be designated in France as Curtiss H-75.

Rugged and with substantial handling characteristics, but not as fast as the Messerschmitt 109, the H-75 served in the Armée de l’Air during the Battle of France alongside the MS-406 and D-520.
This Hawk arrived in France in Avril 1939 and served with the 1st Escadrille, Groupe de Combat II/5 Lafayette at Reims.

This American fighter is equipped with a Pratt & Whitney R-1830, 950 hp engine.

It is the only surviving H-75, and, along with the P-36 G-CIXJ, also operated by The Fighter Collection, they are the only two versions of this aircraft airworthy anywhere in the world.

This aircraft will be visible on :

  1. Saturday 12th September 2020
  2. Sunday 13th September 2020

Operator : The Fighter Collection

Manufacturing date : 1939

Registration number : G-CCVH

Serial number : N°82

Livery : Armée de l'Air GC II/5, Escadrille Lafayette

Curtiss H75 © Eric Barnwarth