General Motors / Fisher P-75 Eagle
GM tried to build a long-range fighter, that used parts of the P-40
(army version of the SBD Dauntless
tail) and F4U
(gear). This "Frankenstein"
aircraft was powered by the Allison V-3420, a 24-cylinder engine that was created by
coupling two V-1710 engines. This was installed behind the cockpit, and drove
contra-rotating propellers in the nose by an extension shaft. The P-75 was a qualified
success, after a lot of redesign. Performance was disappointing, however, and better
escort aircraft were already in service.
|General characteristics XP-75
||One Allison V-3420-23 engine
||347 sq ft
||32.24 sq m
||10x 12.7mm machine gun, 2x 500 lb bombs
||November 17, 1943
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