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WALKAROUND

North American F-107A
Port front view of the nose, outdoors at the National Museum of the US Air Force in 1974 (NMUSAF)

Peregrine Publishing

The F-107A was an outgrowth of studies to improve the F-100 Super Sabre firstly optimized as an interceptor then later as a ighter bomber. This effort was pursued as the F- 100B. A letter contract was issued for $6,000,000 on 21st June 1954 for up to thirty three aircraft. An amendment dated 18th April 1955 increased funding and changed the designation to F-107A. It was never given an official name and there was never an XF-107A nor a YF-107A. All were simply F-107As. Soon thereafterthe Air Force decided to pursue the F-105A and relegated the F-107A to backup status. Subsequently, in 1956, the number of aircraft was reduced from thirty three to nine and ultimately to just three aircraft. Development was limited to aerodynamics and performance.

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