Historical Snapshot

YF-107A Fighter

After the North American F-100 Super Sabre was in production, the design was reconfigured to meet U.S. Air Force requirements for a fighter-bomber capable of delivering a nuclear payload at Mach 2 speeds. The first versions were designated F-100B, but when the Air Force ordered prototypes, the designation changed to YF-107A (NA-212).

To permit installation of a fire control radar, the air intake was located behind the cockpit. The YF-107A flew Mach 2 in its first all-out test flights during 1957. It was the last fighter North American Aviation built for the Air Force.

The three YF-107As provided valuable data for advanced flight research. They were followed by the F-108 (NA-257) Rapier, which entered the design stage as a Mach 3 interceptor but was never produced.

    Technical Specifications

    First flight Sept. 10, 1956
    Span 36 feet 7 inches
    Length 61 feet 8 inches
    Gross weight 39,755 pounds (empty)
    Power plant 24,000-pound thrust (with afterburner) Pratt & Whitney J75-P-9 turbojet
    Speed Mach 2
    Crew One
    Operating altitude 53,200 feet
    Armament Four 20 mm M-39E cannon, up to 10,000 pounds of bombs