YF-96A -- SN 49-2430
Photo: Republic Archives in Cradle of Aviation Museum via E. J. Boss
Ground crew preparing the YF-96A for flight testing. Slim lines of the fuselage on this first Thunderstreak prototype is evident compared to the second prototype and production aircraft which had the seven-inch depth added to the fuselage. Also, the "level" stance of this aircraft compared to the "nose-high" stance of the production F-84F is notable. Bruce Craig.