XF-108: The Rapier

Producer: Joseph Temple Duration: 30:00 minutes

In the minds of American military planners, the promise of intercepting Russian bombers far before they reached the American heartland was simply too appealing to ignore. And hence the long-range Mach 3 "Rapier" was born.

As one of the missing ‘century series’ fighters, the XF-108 interceptor had great promise. In the North American tradition, the F-108’s sleek lines and graceful shape evoked a sense of speed and unbridled performance, a herald of things to come and a true product of the jet age!

tags: century fighters, xf-108, rapier, interceptor, cold war