Original Republic Aviation, Farmingdale, LI, NY promotional image, Screen-shot Nikon D80, 10.10.2013.
Republic RC-2 XF/Xr-12 Rainbow
“Built in 1946, as a long-range, photo-reconnaissance aircraft, Republic’s XR-12 was the fastest multi-engined, piston-powered airplane ever built, reaching a top speed of 420 mph in level flight. The fuselage contained three separate camera compartments with facilities to process film in flight. Eighteen high-intensity flash bulbs were stowed in a hold in the belly for night photography. Two prototypes of the Rainbow were built. One crashed ut of Elgin AFB, Florida, the other, a target at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland” From: www.airbornegrafix.com/HistoricAircraft/Design/...
I was given this photo and a few others by the uncle of a friend who worked for Republic somewhere around 1951/52.