1947. The Republic XF-12


Award of a contract by the U. S. Air Force for 20 Republic F-12 long-range photo-reconnaissance aircraft, a sudden recloaking of the plane in the dark folds of security and its rc-designation as a "secret mission" type have brought this radical plane into sharp focus. Capable of operating at 45,000 ft. at a speed of 470 mph. over a range of 4,500 miles: newly modified with in-creased "all-weather-equipment and fitted with a new power plant development providing short bursts of extreme power, the F-12 has suddenly assumed tremendous importance in the eyes of both the United States Air Force and the State Department.