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Designation: F-102A

Convair F-102A

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger

A picture of the Convair F-102A Delta Dagger

Design of the F-102 began in 1950 to meet an Air Force requirement for a supersonic interceptor.  Convair settled on a delta-winged design based on the XF-92A and in consultation with Dr. Alexander Lippisch, who had done a great deal of work on delta wing designs in Germany during World War II.  The first YF-102 flew in October 1953 and failed to meet the design requirements, it could not in fact reach supersonic speeds.  A massive redesign of the aircraft’s fuselage and wings resulted in the YF-102A which did meet the requirements of the Air Force and production of this version commenced in 1954.  The first of 875 Delta Daggers were delivered to the 327th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron in 1956 and served in the Air Force and Air National Guard until 1976.

Wingspan 38 ft 1 in.


Length 21 ft 2 in.


Height 21 ft 2 in.


Weight 31,276 lbs (loaded)


Max. Speed 780 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 51,800 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 1,204 miles


Engines One Pratt & Whitney J57-P-23A turbojet with 16,000 pounds of thrust


Crew 1



327th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, George AFB, California, 1958

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