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Fisher (GM) XP-75 'Eagle'

Description
  Manufacturer:Fisher (GM)


  Base model:P-75
  Designation:XP-75
  Nickname:Eagle
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1947
  Basic role:Pursuit
  Status:Experimental
 

Specifications
Not Yet Available

Known serial numbers
43-46950 / 43-46951


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Hilda
 Los Angeles, CA
My uncle died testing the XP-75. I inherited his flight log. On April 2, 1944, he flew the XP-75 serial number 44-32162 and again on the 3rd. Then on the 6th he tested serial number 44-32163 for 4 flights. That is the last entry in the book.

He had previously flown several of the XP-75s in March.

His name was John Hamilton Wagner. Any further info would be appreciated.
08/06/2013 @ 09:37 [ref: 67999]
 Paul Nelson
 Cleveland, OH
Our interest at the Cleveland Fire Mueum is not in the airplanes but the firefighting equipment at the Fisher Plant No. 2 at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. We have one photo of firefighting equipment lined up outside the main building adjacent to the airport control tower believed to be 1943 or 1944. The structure is now the IX Expo Center. We would be interested in obtaining any information and photos on the subject.
01/16/2012 @ 05:03 [ref: 52140]
 Tom Veselenak
 Macomb, MI
Its been around four years since I posted these images. Excellent documentation of the plane in question. I know that this plance crashed around Cleveland. In fact, you can see my father in the black suit walking among the wreckege. All of the production shots are from Cleveland. I have aerial shots of the plant and airport my father took while flying a light aircraft himself.

I have also posted images of the YB-29 they were retrofitting with Allison inline engines. It was called the Spirit of Lincoln. These are also on Aeroweb.

Keep up the stories. My father has been decesead since 1992, so whomever is alive out there and knows anything about these wonderful plancs needs to keep submitting.

Tom
04/20/2008 @ 16:53 [ref: 20634]
 William Sherrill
 Daphne, AL
I am answering a request by Mr. Joe Frantiska made last November concerning his desire to use some information I provided to this web site describing the crash of an XP-75 I witnessed in the 1940's.

You have my permission to use any information I provided that might be pertenant to the article you are writing.

I can not say for sure if the remains of the tail section pictured was from the aircraft I saw go down. It was my impression that the tail section landed on a golf course in Metropolitan Park which ran parallel to the neighborhood where the airplane went down, but I could be wrong. The tail number corresponds to the model designation of the plane that crashed, and it could be that the tail section did come down nearer to the crash site than I thought and I didn't see it. Most of my attention was devoted to the crash site itself. It's a miracle that no homes in the area were struck by the spinning plane, but it's not hard to understand since it must have plunged straight down. no wires or trees in the neighborhood were damaged. It would seem that the damage at the fracture zone of the tail is consistant with the type of mid-air explosion I witnessed.

I would very much like a copy of the article you wrote or plan to write. My address is William Sherrill, 200 Maplewood loop, Daphne, Al 36526.
03/19/2008 @ 18:15 [ref: 20211]
 jason koppelberger
 , LA
Regarding the querry by Mr. Joe Frantiska of 11/11/07. I have one black and white photo of the xp-75, however i am not certain if the resolution would meet your requirements. I also posses technical drawings of the aircraft.
01/18/2008 @ 09:33 [ref: 19346]
 Joe Frantiska
 , MA
I'm writing an article about the Fisher P-75 aircraft and I was wondering if anyone had any high resolution (>300 dpi) black and white glossies that I could use. Of course you will receive full credit for them. Mr. Sherill, may I use your recollection of the crash in the article? Is this the same incident depicted in the bottom picture of the tail having been ripped off?

Thanks;

JF

11/11/2007 @ 14:46 [ref: 18504]
 William E. Sherrill
 , AL
As a teenaged boy living in Cleveland, Ohio during World War 2, I watched with fascination as P-75s, which were being constructed at the bomber plant at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, flew with regularity over the city. The P-75 had a distinctive sound, no doubt due to the counter-rotating propellers, and whenever I heard one I always raced outside to try and see it, and manys the day I rode my bike out to the airport just to see one take off or land.

I'll never forget the day I heard one coming and stepped out on our back porch to spot it, only to observe it passing about a half mile from our house with fire and smoke pouring from the engine compartment. I watched the plane make a shallow left turn to line up with the south runway at Hopkins when it suddenly exploded, the tail flipping one way while the main fuselage pitched up and snap-rolled into a tight spin. As it started to fall a parachute popped open and the pilot, whose name was Dewey Weeks, baled out.

The plane crashed about two miles from our home in a rock garden adjacent to a house. No structures were damaged but the paint on the house was blistered by the post-crash fire. I rode my bike to the crash site but there was nothing resembling a P-75 in the tangled wreckage. The tail section landed on a golf course. The pilot sustained a broken ankle but was otherwise unhurt.

I was able to determine that it was a later model P-75 that had been updated and had modifications to make it look more like a modern fighter than an aeronautical Frankenstein. At any rate, it was not an "A" model which in my opinion was a really nice looking airplane.
06/07/2007 @ 14:16 [ref: 16773]
 Don Fouche
 , SC
I recently found out thay my mom worked on the XP-75.
She was born in Ohio, and got a job riveting the wings onto the two planes that got built. She was working on the third plane when the project was cancelled. She was offered a job riveting the wings onto the B-52 bomber. She said she declined the job since the change from raised rivets, to flush rivets bothered her. She accepted a job in the civil service at Mare Island, CA. running a lathe for the Navy.
02/04/2007 @ 17:11 [ref: 15416]
 Ed Patrick
 Westlake, OH
Hi- My Grandfather: Stephen Patrick was a project foreman on the XP-75 at the "Bomber Plant" in BrookPark, Ohio. THe plant produced mainly engine nacelles for the B-29. The XP-75 project was an attempt to use existing parts from different aircraft to try to come up with a cheap method of producing a new fighter. My grandfather's brother Bill Patrick was in charge of armament. I still have in my possession several inter-office memos on the project as well as a framed layout board from the plant showing where the subassemblies of the aircraft were located in the plant. I also have a photo of the wind tunnel model. We had the wind tunnel model - but over the years it has been misplaced unfortuntely. I am awar of one company in England that produced a 1/72 scale vacuform model of the aircraft. One of the XP-75's is at Wright Patterson AF museum in Dayton, and an extra engine is located at another museum. Ed. Patrick
11/28/2006 @ 05:37 [ref: 14859]
 Lacey
 San Antonio, TX
Did any one know where the the P-75 was built. I am a history student at a local university and for a project for school and my grandfather said he helped on the construction here in San Antonio. He's older and may have gotten confused. Thanks.

Lacey
04/13/2006 @ 20:47 [ref: 13153]

 

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