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:

I was given this photo and a few others by the uncle of a friend who worked for Republic somewhere around 1951/52.


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  • Guendalyn
    Guendalyn10 months ago

    stunning work !

  • Thank you for commenting and the favorite… much appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • Colin Smedley
    Colin Smedley10 months ago

    Nice memories! I have seen this picture before – we had a print on the wall of our RAeS branch meeting room back in 1959. The Republic XR-12 Rainbow was not a bomber – it was a fast, long range reconnaissance design that was just too late to make it into WW2. It was the first and only 4 piston engined aircraft to achieve sustained level speeds of over 450 mph. Unfortunately it lost out in the race for orders because of the onward rush of jet technology and the fact that stripped down versions of the B-50 and B-36 were available immediately for recce work. The high-speed recce role was eventually filled by by the RB-45 Tornado and the RB-47 Stratojet.

  • Colin, thank you for commenting and the correct info… Appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyer9 months ago

    Nice image of a rare aeroplane John. – Ted

  • Thank you so much, Ted!

    – John Schneider

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