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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=85357
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 6  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 08-26-2011
View Stats Category: Other Vehicle
Fisher P-75 Eagle...

Envisioned, designed, and built as cheaply as possible for one sole reason: To serve as an excuse by GM so that the US Government wouldn't take over their Fisher Body Plant during the war.


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8-26-2011 @ 05:18:22 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
"No, no, no... I'm sorry Uncle Sam, we can't turn our Fisher plant over so that you can build more B-29s, as we're using it to develop and build this amazing new fighter aircraft, see?" *used car salesman smile*

8-26-2011 @ 11:20:02 AM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
A mid-engined aircraft no less, and most of the parts were just copied wholesale from other designs, little wonder it was a dud.

8-26-2011 @ 03:54:30 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#2, ...and contra-rotating propellers, which, if my "World's Worst Aircraft" book is too believed, NEVER actually worked reliably in the early days of its use.

8-26-2011 @ 04:51:26 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
A short list of "worst" aircraft include quite a few contra-rotating designs, it seems that the complex gearboxes and mechanisms to make them work always cause headaches and the usual teething-troubles and the plane usually gets written off as a failure before the bugs can be ironed out. I can't think of any contra-rotating design aircraft that actually made it to service with the USAF, all kinda fizzled out in the prototype stages.

8-27-2011 @ 04:06:17 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#4, It also doesn't help that contra-rotating propellers came out just about a decade shy of widespread jet engine use... so there wasn't really any time for the bugs to be worked out.

8-27-2011 @ 04:24:49 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
#5, Another short lived experimental phase was turboprop fighters, again, by the time the kinks of supersonic-prop-driven aircraft were worked out, faster pure jet engines had been developed.

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