Tucker Aviation XP-57


In 1940 the Tucker Aviation Co, of Detroit, proposed a fighter that was conventional, simple, and intended to yield thousands of cheap, easily maintained and tough pursuits in a matter of months. Powered by the 720 hp Miller L-510 V-8, driving a 2--blade propeller via a long shaft, it was to have, a metal-skinned steel -tube fuselage and wooden wings, with two or three guns in the nose, one firing through the propeller hub. Gross weight was estimated at 3,000 lb and speed 308 m.p.h. The company were unable to fulfil the Army con-tract.