1958 ... XF-108 "Rapier"

... proposed as a three times the speed of sound interceptor, this North American Aviation design never got very far off the drawing board. It was hoped that SAC would buy a bunch as long-range fighters to protect it's Mach 3 B-70 Valkyrie bomber. Ironically, the Soviets did put a lot of time and money into building the Mig Foxbat as an interceptor aimed at the never utilized B-70. More pieces being moved around the Cold War chess board.

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