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Military Aviation in 1963
Taken in May 1963, this is the first photograph of the F-105F, a U. S. Air Force two-seat supersonic tactical fighter produced by Republic Aviation Corporation. The plane is designed to carry 4,000 possible combinations of nuclear and conventional weapons at speeds up to 1,400 m.p.h.
A British Vulcan bomber displays the new Blue Steel air-to-surface missile attached to its underside during a fly-by for the press in February 1963. Designed as standard equipment for the Vulcan Mk. 2, the Blue Steel uses liquid propellants to guide its megaton-range nuclear warhead.
The X-21A, an experimental U. S. Air Force plane, on its maiden flight from the Northrop Corp. factory at Hawthorne, California, to Edwards Air Force Base, on April 18, 1963. The plane is designed to "inhale" air through razor-thin wing slots to reduce friction drag.
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