North American needed a way to keep their F-100 Super Sabre production lines open so they sucked on the nuclear budget teat deeply with the F-107.
With the Cold War well into play and fighter aircraft getting faster North American,the company that brought you the P-51 and B-25 Mitchell, saw a need for a Mach 2 interceptor. They also saw a need to stretch out the production lines making the F-100 Super Sabre. To accomplish they decided to radically update the F-100 Super Sabre design
To fulfill a published need for a Mach 2 capable nuclear missile carrying fighter jet they thought outside the box. Now there are several things about this aircraft of note but we will focus on just one with intake up on top. It made for a very unique look to the aircraft.
The intake was placed on top to take it out of the rocket wash from the launch of a nuclear missile. It was an effective solution although I question what would have happened to that arrow like nose in production. With larger radars going into production it would have gotten more bulbous.
In the end it lost the competition to the F-105 Thunderchief and was never put into production. It would not be North American’s swan song but the end was coming close. Before merging with Republic Aviation they would go on to create one of the most magnificant aircraft of the last 60 years with the B-70 Valkyrie.