North American F-108 Rapier

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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 :eek: ) Anyway I'm wondering if anybody has any info on the final developement of the F-108. Thanks.
 

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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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Greg
 

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That would be great. sferrin#xmission,com. :)
 

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sferrin said:
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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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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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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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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From FlugWelt 2/1960, a drawing that probably shows a very early layout.
 

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For sale at Boeing Photo Store -

'Three Views of the North American F-108 Rapier'
http://pictopia.com/perl/gal?process=gallery&gallery_id=3328&provider_id=237&ptp_photo_id=boeing:302948&sequencenum=24
F-108 Rapier Cutaway Drawing
http://pictopia.com/perl/gal?process=gallery&gallery_id=2966&provider_id=237&ptp_photo_id=boeing:238682&sequencenum=24

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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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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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Indeed it is. I think he was being funny ;D
 

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overscan said:
Indeed it is. I think he was being funny ;D
Ah, but the Boeing caption writer wasn't.

But then, Boeing has no sense of humor that they are aware of.
 

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flateric said:
For sale at Boeing Photo Store -
Seems kinda pricy. Anyway, I got scans of these some years ago. Given that Boeing is selling 'em, I'll not post high-rez complete versions, but here's a glimpse at the F-108 cutaway....
 

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ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 8) 8) 8) 8)

Post some more previews of different parts and I'll fire up Photoshop ;)
 

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Post some more previews of different parts and I'll fire up Photoshop ;)
I'm pretty sure the Boeing Ravenous Buglawyer Beasts of Litigation would hurt me if I did that...

Anyway, this is what Boeing had in their F-108 PR art folder a few years back. I know they wnat to *eventually* scan and make available *everything* they have, so *someday* these should all be available via Boeings store. Don't ask me when, though...
 

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