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Convair F-102 Delta Dagger
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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

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  1. Convair F-102 Delta Dagger; final shape.
  2. This is the first YF-102 built.
  3. Landing with drag chute that was deployed while the aircraft was still airborne.
  4. The first F-102A built.
  5. 2 aircraft formation.
  6. In flight (color) - S/N 53-1782 Convair YF-102A "Hot Rod"2 aircraft formation.
  7. In flight with a Soviet "Bear".
  8. TF-102A; two-place tactical trainer.

1600 10/28/2015

aviation,chat,country,family,friendship,god,honor,music,mankind,military,opinion,fact,fiction,dog,war Texas Air National Guard 1st Lt. George W. Bush flew F-102 Delta Dagger Fighter jets from 1970 to 1973 with the the 11th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Ellington AFB, Texas.
--Photo courtesy of Citizens United
10:48 3/30/2004
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