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With the increase in U.S. cooperation Brazilian Air Force , which began early in the  40’s, various types of aircraft were transferred to Brazil by the system "Lend Lease" , among which include ten fighters Curtiss-Wright P-36A.

These airplanes, from the stocks of the 6th  Air force, were delivered in March 08 of 1942 in the Base Area of Fortaleza, where they were allocated to the for the Converting Airplane Group,  recently created and endowed with various types of aircraft of  American origin.

On November 11, 1942, P-36 were intended for Airplane Regiment 6 - 6 RAV, located in Recife, where they remained until April 14, 1943, occasion in which they were transferred to the Joint Instruction Group - EMI, based in Natal - RN, which already operated other aircraft of various types, in order to adapt the Brazilian military pilots,  in view of  partake of Brazil in the war effort.
At the beginning of its  operation in the FAB, the P-36A and 40 were enrolled, 43, 44, 45, 48, 50, 52 and 53, without, however any correlation  with the  particles FAB 01 and FAB -10, used from 1943.

During its missions in training and patrol in northeastern Brazil, five fatal accidents occurred with the P-36A, which led to the airplanes  a lack of credibility and tradition  among the pilots  between  1942 to 1943. In 8 May 1942, the aircraft tail # 12467crashed during a training flight in Recife. Late in September another P-36 crashed in Natal but the pilot survived.

In March 1942 Brazilian Air force, FAB received 10 P-36-A which belonged to USAAF. They served under Brazilian flag until 1944 basically for training duties and as a step to the most advanced model the famous P-40 and were based at Recife and Natal.

In 8 May 1942, the aircraft tail # 12467crashed during a training flight in Recife. Late in September another P-36 crashed in Natal but the pilot survived. P-36 was an inexpressive and yet obsolete when it flew for the first time in 1937. Nevertheless it served as a starting point for the most powerful and faster P-40, the Warhawk when the manufacturer used an modified P-36 this time with the new in line Alisson engine. The first prototype made a flawless flight in October 1938 as P-40-N.

General characteristics 

Crew: One

Wingspan: 37 ft 1 in (11.3 m)

Length: 28 ft 6 in (8.7 m)    

Height: 9 ft 2 in (2.8 m) Wing area: 235.6 ft² (21.9 m²)    

Empty weight: 4,665 lb (2,116 kg)

Loaded weight: 5,867 lb (2,661 kg)  Max takeoff weight: lb (kg)   

Power plant: 1× Pratt & Whitney R-1830-13 Twin Wasp air-cooled radial piston engine, 1,050 hp (783 kW)    


Maximum speed: 322 mph (518 km/h)   Cruise speed: 260 mph (420 km/h)  

Range: 650 mi (1,046 km)    Service ceiling 32,340 ft (9,860 m)

Rate of climb: 2,500 ft/min (13 m/s)    Wing loading: 25 lb/ft² (122 kg/m²) 

Power/mass: 0.18 hp/lb (0.29 kW/kg)    


1 × 0.30 in machine gun     1 × 0.50 in machine gun

P 36 at Recife AFB seen under maintenance. Photo

Above one P 36 seen at Recife AFB upon a crash land when right gear collapsed. Photo

4 P-36 are seen at Fortaleza Airfield 




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