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ITC Models, F-108 Rapier

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F-108 Rapier
Friday, 20.04.2012

The F-108 Rapier was an actual plane being developed by the North American Aircraft Co. during the late 1950s.  Designed to be a Mach 3 interceptor/escort for the XB-70 Valkyrie, the double-delta-winged Rapier made it to the mockup stage before the project was abruptly cancelled in 1959.

A year later, ITC released its own version of the F-108 -- one strikingly different from the actual plane.  This "Rapier" launched like a rocket – a concept intended to overcome the vulnerability of conventional airfields - and was designed to carry atomic-tipped missiles that could be fired from up to 1,000 miles away from its target.  Although it bore a superficial resemblance to the actual F-108, this design could never be confused with its real-world counterpart.

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