It was a U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Navy biplane fighter of the interwar period.
Predecessor: Boeing P-12
Sucessor: Curtiss Hawk 75M
Airframe Engine Machine gun Machine gun
XP-23 V-1570-1 7.62 mm M1919-A4 (S) 7.62 mm M1919-A4 (S)
- Hit Points 40
- Weight 1158.0 KG
- Airspeed 302
- Top Speed at Sea Level 315 km/h
- Top Speed at Best Altitude 350 km/h
- Optimum Altitude 550 m
- Maximum Dive Speed 440 km/h
- Stall Speed 70 km/h
- Rate of Climb 9.70 m/s
- Optimum Airspeed 244 km/h
- Firepower 13
- Maneuverability 374
- Average Time to Turn 360 deg 11.50 s
- Rate of Roll 100 deg/s
- Controllability 94
The P-23 can be thought of as an upgraded P-12. Better engines, better health, slightly better gun. Unlike most other fighters of this branch, it still has great maneuverability, so you do still have competitive dogfighting ability compared to other tier 2 fighters. Your gun is only a slight upgrade, with the chance to trade out a 7.62mm for a 12.7mm, but it's an upgrade nonetheless, giving you about a 50% upgrade in firepower. This gun does overheat faster than your 7.62, and fires slightly slower, so you don't have nearly as much sustained fire ability, but by no means will you find yourself choking on heat. If possible, wait until you are within 400m to pull the trigger, as more of your 12.7 rounds will hit before your opponent has a chance to evade. Again, use your speed to climb and use diving attacks. If someone is on your tail that you can't out turn, you can usually outrun or outclimb them.
- Airframe first, benefits to maneuverabilty, speed and hit points are hard to beat, and engines and guns are still competetive against other tier II's and I's.
- 12.7mm gun next, will decrease speed and maneuverability, but airframe upgrade prior should offset that.
- Finish up the engines
The Curtiss P-6* Hawk was an American single-engine biplane fighter introduced into service in the late 1920s with United States Army Air Corps and operated until the late 1930s prior to the outbreak of World War II.
- The P-23 was the most advanced version of the P-6 series