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Heres a somewhat unclear pic of a late 1960s Republic fighter design. It seems to connect back to the Republic F-108 but also shows some similarities to the Fairchild-Republic TFX submission. Anyone got more?
 

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It seemed to Republic AP.100 nuclear powered aircraft.
 

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The model shown is the Republic AP-100 V/Stol fighter bomber.
Powerplants ; 6 improved General-Electric J-85 turbo jets plus
3 "Lift Fan" propulsion systems.
Span:35.5' Lenght:67'9'' Height:13'10''
gross w:38.000 pounds.

"A" version single seater "B" version two seater.

Source : Air Progress Spring 1961.

An illustration was send a time ago to my friend Pometablava who
was so kind to put it on this forum.
 

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More, thanks to lark.
 

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From NASA report (http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19710070030_1971070030.pdf)
 

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I hope every gets as thrilled as I do when I see posts like this. This is fantastic. Thanks Overscan.
 

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Great find! Thanks.
(oh..sweet nostalgia)
 

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Here the AP-100 from Aviation Week, August 1960 ...
 

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My dear Jemiba,

what is the aircraft below the AP-100 in Aviation Week
artists?.
 

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".. another Republic concept, a 15,700-mph. vehicle which could reach 200,00 ft ...."
There were no more informations, than those given in the caption, sorry .
 

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Years ago , Scott Lowther was also seaching for more info
about the Republic early spaceplane shown in Jemiba's illustration.
I wonder I he ever found it...
 

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Dear Jemiba - I see also that the Aviation Week scan at the right side has more Republic projects cropped from the next page, yeah? ;) Did you scan them as well? Anything interesting?
 

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lark said:
Years ago , Scott Lowther was also seaching for more info
about the Republic early spaceplane shown in Jemiba's illustration.
I wonder I he ever found it...

Sadly, no. I was contacted by one guy who claimed to have a paper about it, but I never heard back from him.
 

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.. the other page : ;)
 

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http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19730065305_1973065305.pdf

More pics of the NASA model
 

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A. It's in the fuel truck.
B. It's in the air-refuelling tanker.
C. It's in the external tanks but they made the plane too heavy for VTO.

:D
 

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lark said:
Years ago , Scott Lowther was also seaching for more info
about the Republic early spaceplane shown in Jemiba's illustration.
I wonder I he ever found it...

Actually: yes. Still nothing on the parasite fighter, but I've got good internal and external plan views and data on it (and the AP-100) now. I'll try to post something in the near future.
 

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Moderators,

Could we start a thread about the spaceplane-like vehicle in the AvWeek article in this thread? It's a nice looking design and I'm kind of curious about the intakes. They're reminiscent of inward-turning designs seen more recently. But I don't ant to go off-topic.
 

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XP67_Moonbat said:
Moderators,

Could we start a thread about the spaceplane-like vehicle in the AvWeek article in this thread? It's a nice looking design and I'm kind of curious about the intakes. They're reminiscent of inward-turning designs seen more recently. But I don't ant to go off-topic.

All you need to do is start your own thread. It's not like anyone'll get snippy. You could always include a link in your new thread to this old one.
 

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You could always include a link in your new thread to this old one.

that's the idea to keep the forum organized and get the best performance from the search tool.
 

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Is that area behind the cockpit the fuel tank? Considering the efficiency of jets and VTOL in general, it would need it's first refueling around the time it transitions to horizontal.

Kim M
 

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Kim Margosein said:
Is that area behind the cockpit the fuel tank?

Behind the cockpit, and part of the tailcone. It also *seems* to indicate that the wing and vertical tail are also fuel tanks, but since that includes the actual control surfaces, that must just be a trick of the shading.
 

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Here are some pics of the AP-100 in development tests from one of my 16mm films - hope you enjoy!
 

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incredible stuff, thanks for sharing these treasures!

any chances to see XF-103 stuff?

06b4e730c650.jpg
 

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Super cool stuff, thanks for posting these.

If you need helping id-ing other stuff just post some piccies ;)
 

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OM said:
Stargazer2006 said:
Very interesting shots! Thanks for sharing.

...Better still, any chance of capping the film and putting it on YouTube?

I just purchased all these films about 2 weeks ago and believe me it takes a lot of time to go through them all. I will copy some of them and sell most of them eventually. All in all I have about 1,000 films to go through and most of them are on film cores of varying sizes from 25 ft to 2,000 ft! They belonged to a former employee of Republic Aviation who rescued them years ago from being tossed when they were shutting down the plant. Most of the films date from the late 1950's to the 1960's along with some footage of the last project they were working on called the T-46A. For now though I'll just share some pictures I come across which I think this forum might find interesting.
 

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Here are some pics of the AP-100 from an animated film I looked at. I have yet to find anything else showing a real mock up of this fighter.
 

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I doubt it went any further than scale models, personally. Nice pics though, thanks for sharing, and enjoy digging through what you have ;)
 

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Added to existing topic. Video was transferred from film and uploaded by forum member "Reelarchives".
 

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