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 USAF's first operational delta-wing aircraft. The F-102 made its initial flight on Oct. 24, 1953 and became operational with the Air Defense Command in 1956. At the peak of deployment in the late 1950's, F-102s equipped more than 25 ADC squadrons. Convair built 1,000 F-102s, 875 of which were F-102As. The USAF also bought 111 TF-102s as combat trainers with side-by-side seating.
In a wartime situation, after electronic equipment on board the F-102 had located the enemy aircraft, the F-102's radar would guide it into position for attack. At the proper moment, the electronic fire control system would automatically fire the F-102's air-to-air rockets and missiles.
- Span: 38 ft. 1 in.
- Length: 68 ft. 4 in. (including boom)
- Height: 21 ft. 2 in.
- Weight: 31,559 lbs. max.
- Armament: 24 unguided 2.75 inch rockets and six guided missiles
- Engine: One Pratt & Whitney J57 of 16,000 lbs. thrust with afterburner
- Cost: $1,184,000
- Maximum speed: 810 mph.
- Cruising speed: 600 mph.
- Range: 1,000 miles
- Service Ceiling: 55,000 ft.
- Convair F-102 Delta Dagger; final shape.
- This is the first YF-102 built.
- Landing with drag chute that was deployed while the aircraft was still airborne.
- The first F-102A built.
- 2 aircraft formation.
- In flight (color) - S/N 53-1782 Convair YF-102A "Hot Rod"2 aircraft formation.
- In flight with a Soviet "Bear".
- TF-102A; two-place tactical trainer.