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Convair F-102A Delta Dagger (Interceptor)

Snapshot
Nickname:
Delta Dagger
Number Built:
1,000
Make:
Convair Division,General Dynamics Corporation
Mission:
Fighter
Location:
Hangar 79
Background

The primary mission of the F-102 was to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft. It was the world’s first supersonic, all-weather jet interceptor and the U.S. Air Force’s first operational delta wing aircraft. The U.S. Air Force employed TF-102As with side-by-side seating as combat trainers.

The F-102 made its initial flight on October 24, 1953, and became operational with the Air Defense Command (ADC) in 1956. At the peak of deployment in the late 1950s, F-102s equipped more than 25 ADC squadrons. Convair built 1,000 F-102s, most of which were F-102As.

In a tactical situation the F-102’s sophisticated electronic equipment could locate enemy aircraft targets and provide radar guidance into attack position. At the appropriate moment, the electronic fire control system would automatically fire the F-102’s air-to-air rockets and missiles.

Please visit “New Arrival F-102A Delta Dagger” blog post for more information on this aircraft.

Specs
Contractor
Convair Division, General Dynamics Corporation
Deployment Date
First flight, October 1953; Operational 1956
Span
38 feet, 1 inches
Length
68 feet, 4 inches
Height
21 feet, 2 inches
Weight
31,559 lbs
Max. Speed
810 MPH
Service Ceiling
55,000 feet
Range
1,000 miles
Crew
1