Anigrand #AA2039 1/72 North American YF-93A (F-86C)

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Kit #AA2039. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In 1946, the USAF recognized all the early U.S. jet fighters lacked sufficient range to escort bombers to intercontinental targets, and requested proposals for penetration fighters. In 1947, North American responded with a revised version of the F-86A, with the fuselage size being enlarged for bigger internal fuel tanks to increase its range. Since the extra fuel increased weight, a more powerful engine was chosen. A dual-wheel main landing gear was selected for the heavier weight. It also installed new SCR-720 radar and six cannons in nose so the air intakes were relocated to the fuselage side with a special NACA-designed flush air scoop. The USAF ordered two prototypes which were designated F-86C. In 1948, 118 production aircraft were ordered and the design was redesignated, F-93. However, with the success of the B-47 bomber flying at speeds fast enough to negate the need for fighter escort, the F-93 production contract was cancelled. The prototype made its first flight in 1950. After a fly-off with Lockheed XF-90 and McDonnell XF-88, two YF-93s were handed over to NACA for further tests until late 1950s.

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