North American F-107

1st Flight 1956

The North American F-107 is North American Aviation’s entry in a United States Air Force tactical fighter-bomber design competition of the 1950s.

The F-107 was based on the F-100 Super Sabre, but included many innovations and radical design features, notably the over-fuselage air intakes.

The competition was eventually won by the Republic F-105 Thunderchief, and most of the F-107 prototypes ended their lives as test aircraft.

Variants

NA-212

North American design or charge number.

F-100B

Original military designation for the NA-212, not used

F-107A

Military designation for nine prototype NA-212s ordered, only three built.

Specifications

Crew: one

Length: 61 ft 10 in (18.85 m)

Wingspan: 36 ft 7 in (11.15 m)

Height: 19 ft 8 in (5.89 m)

Wing area: 376 sq ft (35 m2)

Empty weight: 22,696 lb (10,295 kg)

Gross weight: 39,755 lb (18,033 kg)

Max take-off weight: 41,537 lb (18,841 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney YJ75-P-9 turbojet, 24,500 lbf (109 kN) thrust

Performance

Maximum speed: 1,295 mph (2,084 km/h, 1,125 kn)

Maximum speed: Mach 2

Range: 2,428 mi (3,885 km, 2,109 nmi)

Service ceiling: 53,200 ft (16,220 m)

Rate of climb: 39,900 ft/min (203 m/s)

Wing loading: 106 lb/sq ft (516 kg/m2)

Thrust/weight: 0.62

Armament

Guns: 4x 20mm Pontiac M39 cannon OR 1x 20mm, 6 barrel M61 Vulcan auto cannon

Bombs: 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) on 5 hard points; 2 under each wing, 1 semi-recessed ordnance station under fuselage centreline.

Wide variety of ordnance, including tactical nuclear weapons.

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