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Tucker XP-57

Tucker XP-57 "Peashooter"
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Tucker Aviation Corporation
Designer Preston Tucker
Status Cancelled
Number built None

Tucker XP-57 was the designation of a lightweight fighter which was proposed to the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) in 1940. Nicknamed the "Peashooter", it was developed by the Tucker Aviation Corporation under Preston Tucker, who later became famous for the Tucker '48 Sedan.

To minimize weight, the aircraft was to have a steel tubular frame with aluminum skin and plywood wings. The inline-8 engine, designed by Harry Miller of Indy 500 racing fame, was to sit behind the pilot in a configuration similar to the P-39 Airacobra. The USAAC ordered a single XP-57 prototype. However, when design was delayed due to financial problems in the company, the contract was allowed to lapse. No production aircraft was ever built because the USAAC was moving towards larger fighters and had lost interest in the project.

Prototype Specifications (XP-57)

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 26 ft 7 in (8.1 m)
  • Wingspan: 28 ft 5 in (8.7 m)
  • Height: 8 ft in (2.4 m)
  • Wing area: 120 ft2 (11.1 m2)
  • Empty weight: 3400 lb (1542 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Miller L-510 8-cylinder inline mounted at center behind pilot. Double propellers., 720 hp (537 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 308 mph (495 km/h)
  • Range: 600 miles (960 km)
Armament
  • Three 0.50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns
  • One 0.50 cal machine gun and 2x 20 mm cannons

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References

  • The Official Web Site of National Museum of the USAF, Tucker XP-57
  • Tucker Military Factory, XP-57 (Peashooter) Fighter (1940)
  • American Combat Planes, Ray Wagner, Third Enlarged Edition, Doubleday, 1982.
  • The American Fighter, Enzo Angelucci and Peter Bowers, Orion Books, 1987.
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