Generalfeldmarschall zur Luftschiff Abteilung
- Aug 29, 2008
Why not?The P-36 was a great fighter. It did well in the Battle of France (though not only due to the merits of the aircraft). At 12,000 ft it was a match for a Bf 109E. At 25,000 ft I don't think it was.
It had the P&W R-1830 engine (except for the 81 75A-4s France received, which had the Wright R-1820).
Considering the P-36's service ceiling was over 32,000 feet, where performance is maxed, operating at 25,000 feet would not have been a handicap,
As mentioned earlier, the average altitude was 15,000 feet (altitudes of ten to twenty thousand being the majority of operations).
Many types could go higher, like the Hurricane's max. ceiling of 36,000 feet, but how much combat did the Hurri see at 36,000 feet?