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F-12...doesn't look like a fighter aircraft but I'll bet it was fast.
According to Wikipedia (the source of all verified knowledge!), it was designed to be a recce aircraft. Had it been built a few years earlier, it would probably been very effective in that role.
F was the designation for recce aircraft. The recce version of the P-38 was designated both F-4 and F-5.
Right. AAC/AAF used "P" for fighters (Pursuit) and F for Photo Recon. Funny, though, I was just looking at a model of the Rainbow...https://www.oldmodelkits.com/index.php?detail=4935&searchtext=rainbow&erl=RCM-1-72-Republic-XF-12-Rainbow