Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor

Republic XF-91

RolePrototype interceptor aircraft
First flight9 May 1949

The Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor (originally designated XP-91) is a mixed-propulsion prototype interceptor aircraft, developed by Republic Aviation. The aircraft would use a jet engine for most flight, and a cluster of four small rocket engines for added thrust during climb and interception. The design was largely obsolete by the time it was completed due to the rapidly increasing performance of contemporary jet engines, and only two prototypes were built. One of these was the first American fighter to exceed Mach 1 in level flight.

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Republic XF-91
PhotographersJohn Heck, Vladimir Yakubov
LocalisationNational Air & Space Museum, Washington DC
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The Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor was a prototype interceptor aircraft that used a combination of jet and rocket propulsion. It was developed by Republic Aviation in the late 1940s and early 1950s, but it was canceled after only two prototypes were built. The XF-91 was the first American fighter to exceed Mach 1 in level flight, and it had a unique inverse tapered wing design that improved its low-speed performance and stability. The XF-91 was intended to intercept high-altitude bombers, but it faced competition from other jet fighters and missiles, and it became obsolete as jet engine technology advanced rapidly. The XF-91 was an innovative and experimental aircraft that demonstrated some of the challenges and possibilities of mixed-propulsion flight.

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