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Competition of the XF-104(WS-303A)


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Feb 2, 2006
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Hi All!
Give a short history of this competition:
12 December, 1952---Issued a General Operational Requirement on December 12, 1952 for a lightweight air-superiority fighter to replace the North American F-100 in the Tactical Air Command beginning in 1956.
Submitted by: Lockheed L-246, North American NA-211, Northrop N-102 and Republic submitted its Model AP-55, based on its XF-91 Thunderceptor.
January, 1953---Lockheed's proposal was selected.
12 March, 1953---A letter contract for two prototypes was issued under Weapon System 303A (WS-303A).
Source: From http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_fighters/f104_1.html---Last revised December 5, 1999

1.The World's Great Interceptor Aircraft, Gallery Books, 1989.

2.Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, Steve Pace, Motorbooks International, 1992.

3.Lockheed Aircraft Since 1913, Rene J. Francillon, Naval Institute Press, 1987.

4.The American Fighter, Enzo Angelucci and Peter Bowers, Orion, 1987.

5.The World's Fighting Planes, William Green, Doubleday 1968.

6.American Combat Planes, Ray Wagner, Third Enlarged Edition, Doubleday, 1982.

7.Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, John Fricker and Paul Jackson, Wings of Fame, Vol 2, Aerospace Publishing Ltd, 1996.)

But as it is not hard to believe that the draft AP-55 participated in this competition; I looked at the following sources---Lockheed Aircraft Since 1913, Am. Combat Planes and The Am. Fighter, but there was no such information and while others are here I do not have. If anyone can say about the AP-55 in which the source said.
I personally think so: or a typo or a true AP-55 was involved, but the project did not profit the development of XF-91 is a completely new project, which we already know.
What can you say in this opinion?

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