General Motors P-75 Eagle

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In 1942 the USAAF asked for designs for a high performance fighter with an unprecedented rate of climb, to intercept Japanese bombers in the Pacific theater. The Fisher Body Division of General Motors submitted a design for an aircraft that would use the most powerful inline engine then available, as well as "off-the-shelf" major assemblies (which would shorten development times). The P-75 airframe used the outer wing panels of the Curtiss P-40, the tail unit of the Douglas A-24/Dauntless, and landing gear of the Vought F4U Corsair. The engine was located in the fuselage behind the pilot, similar to the layout of the Bell P-39. Eight prototypes were ordered by the USAAF, but problems were found during testing. By the time the problems were fixed, other capable fighters (like the P-51 Mustang) were available, and the production contract was cancelled.

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(updated February 2009)

Fisher (General Motors) P-75 Eagle

Type:           single-seat fighter
Crew:           1
Armament:       six .50 inch machine guns in the wings
                four .50 inch machine guns in the fuselage
                optional 2 600 lb. bombs

        Length:         40' 5" (12.32 m)
        Height:         15' 6" (4.72 m)
        Wingspan:       49' 4" (15.04 m)
        Wing area:      347 sq. ft (32.24 sq. m)
        Empty Weight:   11,495 lb (5214 kg)
        Max Weight:     18,210 lb (8260 kg) max at takeoff

        No. of Engines: 1
        Powerplant:     Allison V-3420-23 inline
        Horsepower:     2885 hp

        Range:          2000 miles (3219 km)
        Cruise Speed:   310 mph ( 499 km/h)
        Max Speed:      420 mph ( 676 km/h) at 20,000 ft
        Ceiling:        36,000 ft (10,970 m)

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