Republic XF-103 Interceptor

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Hi Justo Miranda!

Thank you very much!

If it is possible show to us pictures on pages 199-200.
 

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Greetings All -

The following images were originally posted in the thread:

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,4512.0/highlight,mark+nankivil.html

but deserve to be included here as well.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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Link to XF-103 Documents

Scroll down about a couple pages, and you can get:

1954 AWI (Republic) CS - 10 September 1951
1954 AWI - Model AP-57 SAC - 10 September 1951
XF-103 Thunderwarrior CS - 1 July 1957
XF-103 Thunderwarrior CS - 5 January 1954 (alt)
XF-103 Thunderwarrior CS - 5 January 1954
XF-103 Thunderwarrior SAC - 1 July 1957
XF-103 Thunderwarrior SAC - 5 January 1954
 

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Overscan you asked for XF-103 pics so here you go! Don't get too excited as they are from a mock up model, however there is real footage of the tail fin being hauled outside the hangar by workers for a photo op. Hopefully I'll find more films on the XF-103. Mostly I have on the reel these pictures came from - technical stuff - about 900 ft of it.
 

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Excellent pics. Again, thanks for sharing!

Ironic that the F-104 was dubbed the "missile with wings", as this description was even more suitable for the unbuilt F-103...
 

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Brulle's autobiography has a mention of XF-103, he says the picture is obtained with permission from Rick Demeis.
There's a huge amount of interesting stuff in that book.
http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/aupress/catalog/books/Brulle_B113.htm
 

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Stargazer2006 said:
Excellent pics. Again, thanks for sharing!

Ironic that the F-104 was dubbed the "missile with wings", as this description was even more suitable for the unbuilt F-103...
I'm with the understanding that the F-104 was dubbed 'the missile with a man it it.' If the F-103 had gone to production I'm sure someone would have coined a similar phrase.
 

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XB-70 Guy said:
I'm with the understanding that the F-104 was dubbed 'the missile with a man it it.' If the F-103 had gone to production I'm sure someone would have coined a similar phrase.

"The missile with missiles and a man in it"? ;D
 

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prolific1 said:
I believe this is next on the the 3 view profile list for me. ;D
I'd love to see an F-108A Rapier in Air Defense Command markings (most likely a 62-something serial number).

SP
 

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XB-70 Guy said:
prolific1 said:
I believe this is next on the the 3 view profile list for me. ;D
I'd love to see an F-108A Rapier in Air Defense Command markings (most likely a 62-something serial number).

SP
Moreover, no one has produced an illustration of the number one and number two XB-70A aircraft flying in formation. That would be cool!
 

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Yeah...I was gonna do an F-108 too anyway. All I need is reference of the type, reference to the squadron markings, and the rest I could extrapolate from existing aircraft of the period.
 

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XB-70 Guy said:
Moreover, no one has produced an illustration of the number one and number two XB-70A aircraft flying in formation. That would be cool!
Despite the fact this is the F-103, not F-108 thread, I'd like to add that to me the real treat would be to have an F-108 and an XB-70 flying together, since that's the way it was meant to be at the start!

As for the F-103... The more pics the better.
 

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Well I'm down to make both the XF-103 and XF-108 as they are already on my list. That said...I could use some 103 stuff if anybody (ahem Justo) has anything. The stuff on this thread is a bit lacking in the 3 view department. I did some digging on the web on my own and found little else. I used to have a magazine with some good stuff in it years ago. Sadly...I tossed it out with numerous other magazines years ago.
 

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This may be useful for somebody...
 

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Post-1
Sources
-Republic aviation Corporation
-Airpower-January 2004
-AIR ENTHUSIAST-SEVEN
-Collect-Aire Nº4834
-Hyperscale-Phil Brandt
-Unknown Source
 

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By request from Prolific1
Post-2
Sources
-Republic aviation Corporation
-Airpower-January 2004
-AIR ENTHUSIAST-SEVEN
-Collect-Aire Nº4834
-Hyperscale-Phil Brandt
-Unknown Source
 

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By request from Prolific1
Post-3
Sources
-Republic aviation Corporation
-Airpower-January 2004
-AIR ENTHUSIAST-SEVEN
-Collect-Aire Nº4834
-Hyperscale-Phil Brandt
-Unknown Source
 

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I was wondering when Justo would chime in...I am never disappointed ;D
 

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Another awesome topic! :eek:


Justo, where did you find that engineering drawing of the cocpit area? I'd love to know if there is more where that came from! ;D


AeroFranz said:
I was wondering when Justo would chime in...
He did already on August 30, 2008 :)
AeroFranz said:
I am never disappointed ;D
Second that! :)



A 3D XF-12 or XF-103... hmm tough choice...
 

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Justo, where did you find that engineering drawing of the cocpit area? I'd love to know if there is more where that came from! ;D



Unclassified Republic stuff ;)
 

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...That over-the-shoulder launch mechanism just *screams* instant cockpit window frosting.
 

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This is all fabulous info; love the drawings & cover artwork. Thanks guys, especially Justo.
 

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flateric said:
Thanks for the heads-up, I won that item ;D


Pity I didn't win this one though: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110592303224
I am pretty convinced that film is showing the same 'periscope' system as installed on the XF-103, being flight tested on an F-84. Or is this something unrelated? Anyone knows?
 

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Skyraider3D said:
I am pretty convinced that film is showing the same 'periscope' system as installed on the XF-103, being flight tested on an F-84.

correct
 

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flateric said:
Skyraider3D said:
I am pretty convinced that film is showing the same 'periscope' system as installed on the XF-103, being flight tested on an F-84.

correct

Yep - there's a photo of this aircraft in Jenkins & Landis' Valkyrie: North American's Mach 3 Superbomber, Speciality Press, P48.

Attached - some pics from the Ebay auction plus a section on the periscope and its testing on the F-84H from the excellent article by Richard A DeMeiss in Air Enthusiast Seven.
 

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overscan said:
Skyraider3D said:
Thanks for the heads-up, I won that item ;D
So, tried scanning any frames yet?

<drool>
There's quite a few 16mm-to-DVD services around, so that shouldn't be a problem hopefully.
I expect that the auction images give a pretty good idea what to expect, but it's probably pretty detailed stuff as it should be over 16 minutes of film in total.

Real shame I was too cheap on that F-84-with-persicope footage. I won't get a second chance for such a reel I don't think and it would have matched the XF-103 footage nicely! :-\
 

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