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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Fisher P-75A at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Fisher P-75A at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Fisher P-75A at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Fisher P-75A at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Fisher P-75A at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Fisher P-75A at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Photo of the Fisher P-75A on display in the R&D Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Fisher P-75A on display in the R&D Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Photo of the Fisher P-75A on display in the R&D Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Fisher P-75A and the Allison V-3420 engine and drive train on display in the R&D Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Fisher P-75A cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Fisher P-75A cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Fisher P-75A Eagle undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Fisher P-75A Eagle undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2008) -- Fisher P-75A in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2008) -- Fisher P-75A in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - The Fisher P-75A is being restored at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - (02/2009) -- Fisher P-75A in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Fisher P-75 Eagle in the Restoration Hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force Photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Fisher P-75 Eagle in the Restoration Hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

Restoration staff move the Fisher P-75A into the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 7, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Restoration staff move the Fisher P-75A into the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 7, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Restoration staff move the Fisher P-75A into the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 7, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Restoration staff move the Fisher P-75A into the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 7, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Fisher P-75A Eagle in the R&D Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on December 28, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Fisher P-75A Eagle in the R&D Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on December 28, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Fisher P-75A Eagle in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Fisher P-75A Eagle in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fisher P-75A Eagle cockpit view in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Fisher P-75A Eagle cockpit view in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Fisher P-75A Eagle cockpit view in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Fisher P-75A Eagle cockpit view in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Fisher XP-75-GM in flight (S/N 43-46950, first aircraft built). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The first two XP-75 prototypes had P-40 wing panels, an A-24 tail, and F4U Corsair landing gear. This design also featured two contra-rotating propellers and dual drive shafts connected to the massive 24-cylinder engine located behind the cockpit. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The P-75A reflected major changes to the Eagle design that included a larger, squared-off wing, a much larger tail, and a bubble-top canopy. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The P-75A reflected major changes to the Eagle design that included a larger, squared-off wing, a much larger tail, and a bubble-top canopy. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Fisher Body Division of General Motors developed the P-75 Eagle to fill an urgent need for an interceptor early in World War II. The original P-75 design incorporated the most powerful inline engine available and components from other aircraft as a way to expedite production.

Flight tests in late 1943 revealed unsatisfactory performance with the first two XP-75 prototypes. At the same time, the Eagle’s mission was changed to long-range escort. Ultimately, the idea of using other aircraft components had to be abandoned.

Fisher continued development of the design with the heavily-modified P-75A. By the fall of 1944, however, the U.S. Army Air Forces already had capable escort aircraft like the P-51 Mustang and P-47 Thunderbolt, and it canceled the order for 2,500 P-75As. Only eight XP-75s and six P-75As were built.

TECHNICAL NOTES (P-75A):
Armament: 10 .50-cal. machine guns and two 500-lb. bombs
Engine: Allison V-3420 of 2,885 hp
Maximum speed: 430 mph
Range: 2,600 miles
Service ceiling: 36,400 feet
Weight: 19,420 lbs. loaded

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