P-35 Seversky

US fighter P-35 Seversky in the Philippines in 1941 and in Swedish service.
History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D-model.

P-35A Serversky in the Philippines
In the Fall of 1941 many of the P-35As were camouflaged in Olive Drab, then transferred to the 34th Pursuit Squadron as the 17th transitioned to the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. This P-35A shows what happens when tropical moisture gets under fresh paint and the aircraft is flown – the paint just peels off !

Seversky P-35
Type: US fighter plane.


This aircraft was the inspiration for the 1938 Italian Reggiane Re2000, which was designed by Roberto Longhi. Like the Italian aircraft, however, the Seversky P-35 was not as popular as it might have been and both the Seversky and the Reggiane ended up going for export. Sweden bought both Re 2000s and P-35s, 60 of the former and 120 of the latter.
The small Seversky fighter was designed in 1936 by Alexander Kartveli, the father of the P-47 Thunderbolt.

Only 77 of the original model were built and these were powered by Pratt & Whitney 950 hp engines. The export model, the EP-106, was built for the Swedish Air Force, but, because of the American embargo on arms exports, only 60 of the 120 ordered were delivered.

The remaining 60 aircraft, redesignated P-35 A, were used by the Americans for operational purposes in the Philippines in late 1941.

Pictures of Seversky P-35

Specifications for Seversky P-35


Seversky P-35Specification
Typefighter plane
Power plant one 1,050 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-45 Twin Wasp 14-cylinder radial air-cooled engine
Wing span36 ft
Length overall26 ft 10 in
Height overall9 ft 9 in
Weight empty 4,575 lb
Maximum weight 6,118 lb
Maximum speed290 mph
Service ceiling 31,400 ft
Range950 miles


Seversky P-35Specification
in front Two .30cal machine guns (1,350 rpm; velocity 2,600 f/s), two 0.50in machine guns (800 rpm, velocity 2,810 f/s)
External load 300 lb of bombs

Service statistics:

Seversky P-35figures
First flight1936
Production delivery P-35Aearly 1940
Final delivery1940
Production figures 77 P-35, 120 P-35A - total: 197 (of the latter 60 exported to Sweden)

Animated 3d model Seversky P-35

References and literature

P-35 Mini in action (Larry Davis)
World Aircraft World War II (Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi)

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