It was hardly revolutionary, but the Curtiss Model 75 was America’s first truly modern fighter to appear in the mid-1930s

The P-36 was the first truly modern fighter for the US Army Air Corps. A typical pre-war P-36A is represented by serial 38-038, on the strength of the 1st Pursuit Group at Selfridge Field, Michigan.
The first prototype of the Model 75, registration X17Y, took to the air from the Curtiss factory airfield at Buffalo, New York, on 6 May 1935.

The mid-1930s saw a revolution sweep through many leading air forces, as the all-metal, low-wing fighter design eclipsed all others. The US Army Air Corps (AAC), though among the weakest and least-developed air arms of the period, was an active participant. However, as with contemporary Italian designs, US aeroplanes suffered from the lack of a really good, high-powered, aero engine like the outstanding Rolls- Royce PV12, later to be known as the Merlin, or the Daimler- Benz DB600 series.

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