North American XF-108 "Rapier"
by NorthAmericanAviation
uploaded 2017-03-13
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Rapier

Details

  • Type: SPH
  • Class: aircraft
  • Part Count: 85
  • Pure Stock
Description

The North American F-108 project was a sister project to the XB-70 Mach 3+ bomber, supposedly designed to be an escort. The design of the aircraft was highly advanced for the time of its conception, and even though the program was cancelled in 1959, the gathered data were used in the design of the A-5 Vigilante to give it more favorable supersonic flight characteristics.

Because the Rapier was developed jointly with the Valkyrie, it shared similarities in crucial build aspects, such as its power-plant: the Rapier used two YJ-93 jet engines, a third the count of its bomber/research counterpart. If the thrust-to-weight rating of 5:1 in the Valkyrie is any measure, this design of engine certainly had a lot of potential.

This model has touchy controls, but is very capable in both altitude and speed, reaching 30,000m apogee after flame-out. Otherwise, super cruise at around 20,000m is ideal, at up to top speed. ‘Caps Lock controls’ recommended once supersonic.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.2.2.

<–Image from Boeing

Note: there is some variation among designs of the F-108 from drawing board to mock-up, and I chose to exclude the vertical stabilizers from my version.

Here you will find everything that trails black smoke, jettisons fuel, and runs on liquid oxygen and ammonia. Oh, 20th Century aviation development, where art thou?

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