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P-75A Eagle

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The Fisher P-75 Eagle is an USAAF experimental aircraft of World War Two that actually entered limited production. It was designed to use airframe components from existing aircraft, and harness the power of the incredible Allison V-3420 twin-vee 24-cylinder engine.

A sheep ranching ATP friend of mine once said that a llama looks like a horse designed by committee. So it can be said of the XP-75 which flew with Curtis P-40 wings, a Douglas SBD Dauntless rear fuselage, and the undercarriage from the F4U Corsair. Needless to say, this arraignment was unsatisfactory, and the design was completely reworked into the rather stunningly good looking P-75A. However, the Allison V-3420 was balky and its pairing with the Fisher airframe did not surpass established USAAF fighters. Only a handful of Eagles were built.

National Museum of USAF has restored the last one built and displays it in their R&D hanger, along with an Allison V-3420. This is how they looked on 10 July 2012.
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About the Author

About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...


Comments

I just found this excellent post by Jared Zichek [jzichek]: Fisher P-75 Eagle Brochure from May 1944 Thanks Jared!
OCT 23, 2012 - 11:49 AM
WOW...!!! Nice post...!!! Actualy, I never saw a W shaped in-line engine...!!!
OCT 24, 2012 - 08:19 AM
Allows me a small note, " A Camel looks like a horse designed by committee"; many people don't know what is a "Llama"... Tha Camels sothamerican cousins... ;o)
OCT 24, 2012 - 08:22 AM
Hi Diego, Happy to bring you the unique engine! Both are fun and beloved creatures! And both spit!
OCT 24, 2012 - 09:55 PM
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