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North American F-107

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North American F-107 Ultra Sabre

The F-107A was originally designed as a tactical fighter-bomber version of the F-100, with a recessed weapon bay under the fuselage. However, extensive design changes resulted in its redesignation from F-100B to F-107A before the first prototype flew. Special features included an all-moving vertical fin, a control system that permitted the plane to roll at supersonic speeds and a system (Variable Area Inlet Duct) that automatically controlled the amount of air fed to the jet engine.

On Sept. 10, 1956, the No. 1 F-107A made its initial flight, attaining Mach 1.03 (Mach 1, the speed of sound, is about 760 mph at sea level). The aircraft first achieved Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound) in tests on Nov. 3, 1956. Three F-107As were built as prototypes and were test flown extensively, but the aircraft did not go into production, the Republic F-105 having been selected as the standard fighter-bomber for the Tactical Air Command. In late 1957, Nos. 1 and 3 were leased to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics for high-speed flight research.

The F-107A on display is aircraft No. 2, and its first flight was on Nov. 28, 1956. It was used for weapons testing with both conventional and atomic bombs. It was flown to the museum on Nov. 25, 1957.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Span: 36 ft. 7 in.
Length: 60 ft. 10 in.
Height: 19 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 41,537 lbs. max.
Armament: Four 20mm cannons, 108 2.75 in. rockets and up to 4,000 lbs. of bombs
Engine: Pratt & Whitney J75 of 23,500 lbs. thrust (with afterburner)
Crew: One
Serial number: 55-5119
C/N: 212-2

PERFORMANCE:
Maximum speed: Mach 2-plus
Cruising speed: 600 mph
Range: 1,570 miles
Service ceiling: 48,000 ft.
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pete8680's avatar
Wut might of been! One of dem designs dat looks fast standing still! Looking at theses sharp angles i wonder if they knew about "reduced radar cross sections" bak den!
Razgriz3's avatar
Yeah I was thinking about it and that would really make a bad day at the office (getting shot out of the sky) a helluva lot worse, when considering the planes mission profile of low level, high speed flight. imagine getting hit by a sam, punching out and slamming seat first into a pine tree. OUCH!!!!
Peebo-Thulhu's avatar
Hmmm, I must admit to wondering about the ejector system in this one. It took the pilot up and out in front of the intakes?

Cheers!
Razgriz3's avatar
I think the F-107 had a downward firing ejector seat... I think.
Peebo-Thulhu's avatar
Hmmm, interesting. *looks for more info*

Cheers!
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...that would be..interesting.. "EJECTING!" *shot into the ground* DX
eyeless666's avatar
This looks like the same variant as the Navy trainer jets I see here on base.
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