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Offline sferrin

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North American F-108 Rapier
« on: June 18, 2006, 04:24:50 pm »
In the book "Valkyrie - North American's Mach 3 Superbomber" they indicate that North American continued developement of the F-108 even after it was cancelled.  They have a "1960" configuration that is a little puzzling.  Either the canopy and windows shrunk considerably or the aircraft as a whole grew.  Also in the drawing the afterburner detail is a bit different.  That in itself isn't unusual except that it's different than all the rest.  (Kinda wondering if it grew a LOT and those are GE4s  :o ) Anyway I'm wondering if anybody has any info on the final developement of the F-108.  Thanks.
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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2006, 12:57:03 am »
sferrin,

Airpower Vol 34 No. 9 Sept 2004 has an extensive article on the XF-108 including numerous drawings of the design as it developed/evolved.  I will try to scan you a copy if you would like.

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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2006, 07:44:55 am »
That would be great.  sferrin#xmission,com.  :)
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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2006, 08:09:37 am »
In the book "Valkyrie - North American's Mach 3 Superbomber" they indicate that North American continued developement of the F-108 even after it was cancelled. 

Part of the reasoning behind that was because the LRI requirement still remained, even though the XF-108 had been cancelled.  Eventually the LRI requirement was to be filled by the F-12B.  Of course, the worst SecDef in US history had something to say about that.

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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2006, 03:46:48 pm »
For the rest of us - here is the exact AirPower answer:

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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2007, 11:26:51 am »
This is an interesting point raised by Scott Ferrin (sferrin) - the 1960 evolution of the F-108 seems to be MUCH larger, based on the size of the canopies.

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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2007, 11:50:24 am »
Just tracked down the nozzle diameter of the GE4 and it was 89.5" (from a post here) and the drawing shows about 88" and given the accumulated error between drawing versions, scanners, etc. it seems a good possiblity.  On the other hand the GE4 didn't power on until 1968 so it could just be "it'll have an engine about so big".
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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2007, 09:31:18 am »
Hi,

I have two drawings to F-108,one with two addition tail fins and one main fin and the second
with one main tail fin.

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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2007, 11:38:20 am »
From FlugWelt 2/1960, a drawing that probably shows a very early layout.
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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2008, 05:38:04 am »
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From FlugWelt 2/1960, a drawing that probably shows a very early layout.

Mmmmm, could be "disinformazija", the wing leading edge angle seems not trisonic.

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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2008, 07:43:24 am »
From FlugWelt 2/1960, a drawing that probably shows a very early layout.

It showed what Flugwelt thought the F-108 might look like.
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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2008, 09:34:08 am »
From the same series..

http://pictopia.com/perl/gal?process=gallery&gallery_id=3328&provider_id=237&ptp_photo_id=boeing:1596103&sequencenum=0

If he's really landing, I'd advise him to make sure the nose gear gets all the way down first.

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Re: North American F-108 Rapier
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2008, 10:20:39 am »

If he's really landing...

Looks like takeoff to me.
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