- Dec 27, 2005
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Republic AP-54, AP-55, from Aviation Week 5th December 1958, via Tony Buttler.
I seem to remember that (F-105) was a Mach 2 aircraft
I thought the same of you, Evan and Paul, but according to "The American Fighter" by Angelucci & Bowers the Thud's max speed at 33,000 ft was 857 mph (1,379 Km/h) which it's below 1.5 Mach.
Pometablava: thats definitely incorrect. An F-105B flew at Mach 2.15 during testing, according to "The Thunder Factory".
AP-54 design might make sense to me. But can anyone explain me the AP-55 tail design? It gave a lot of questions about the reason for designer's choice of this strange twin broom tail. It looks pretty unstable to me and bring a lot of concerns that the tail might break apart itself if travelling at Mach 2 speed. The plane might be in a disadvantage situation if tthe enemy plane damaged it tail.AP-55 's inlets look very similar to the F-105A's inlets. I seem to remember that was a Mach 2 aircraft, so this that wouldn't be out of range for this one.