If anyone in the world were to get Wing Commander presents on their birthday in 2016, it'd be LOAF. He's celebrating his 35th this week, and he got a super cool snippet of WC art as a present. We know from the beautiful Dean McCall concept renders that a more familiar looking F-44 Rapier II was used in some of the very early work. Here we can see it in the storyboards too! A handful of British Electric Lightnings were ultimately modified to portray the CF-117B Rapier Is in the film. And Happy Birthday!
Truly wonderful gift from Sandi Gardiner: very early Wing Commander storyboards! Check out those Rapiers!