Also, I know the hawk is supposed to be on a more equal playing field with all the other weapon choices as opposed to the warhawk, but I still find that if you give a game of a couple of really good pilots, it's hard to compete from the ground.
I'm pretty decent at it, and I've totally done a lot of get in and get out damage with it. I got a quintuple kill with the blue 'moab' type bomb, and the cluster ones totally wreck shop too. I got a quadruple kill with those.
One other side note, I thought I did awesome with a 54-3 game, but I saw a dude yesterday get something like 93-7!! He was blasting away with the hawk on one of the space maps - I think it's called orbital. Insane!