Because the handling characteristics of delta-wing aircraft are very different from conventional aircraft, particularly at take-off and landing it was determined that a dedicated trainer was needed for pilots transitioning to the F-102. Nicknamed “The Tub” for its redesigned bulbous nose the TF-102A allowed pilots to learn the intricacies of high-speed interceptor tactics as well as of the plane’s tricky handling. Each squadron that flew Delta Daggers was assigned two trainers as well. A total of 111 TF-102s were ordered but only 63 were built.
525th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Bitburg AB, West Germany, 1962
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