Convair TF-102A Delta Dagger

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Convair
Markings
525th. Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Bitburg Air Base, West Germany
Designation
TF-102A
Serial Number
54-1366

Convair TF-102A Delta Dagger

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 built.

Specifications
Wingspan 38 ft 1 in
Length 63 ft 4 in
Height 21 ft 2 in
Weight 32,104 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 646 mph
Service Ceiling 55,000 ft
Range 1,350 miles
Engines 1 Pratt & Whitney J57-P-23A turbojet with 16,000 lb thrust with
Crew 2

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Convair
Markings
327th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, George AFB, California, 1958
Designation
F-102A
Serial Number
56-1393

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.

Specifications
Wingspan 38 ft 1 in
Length 68 ft 3 in
Height 21 ft 2 in
Weight 31,276 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 780 mph
Service Ceiling 51,800 ft
Range 1,204 miles
Engines 1 Pratt & Whitney J57-P-23A turbojet 16,000 pounds thrust
Crew 1

Convair F-106A Delta Dart

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Convair
Markings
5th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Minot AFB, North Dakota, 1984
Designation
F-106A
Serial Number
59-0003

Convair F-106A Delta Dart

Development of the Delta Dart began in 1955 as the F-102B. Originally seen as an upgrade to the earlier design the number of changes soon grew so large that the new designation F-106 was assigned to the aircraft. Changes included a virtually new fuselage, that was both wider and longer, a new engine, redesigned tail and rudder, and relocated engine intakes. The first Delta Dart flew for the first time in December 1956 and the first aircraft entered service in 1959. The Delta Dart’s guidance and fire control system are capable of flying the aircraft in all phases of a mission except take-off and landing. Essentially the pilot could take-off, and then let the computers fly the plane to the proper interception point where it would fire the planes missiles at the target and then return to base where the pilot would take over and land the plane. A total of 277 single seat and 63 two-seat F-106s were built. The F-106 flew its last mission for the Air National Guard in 1988.

Specifications
Wingspan 38 ft 3 in
Length 70 ft 9 in
Height 20 ft 3 in
Weight 35,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 1,525 mph
Service Ceiling 55,000 ft
Range 575 miles
Engines 1 Pratt & Whitney J75-P-17 turbojet 24,500 lbs thrust
Crew 1

Convair C-131F Samaritan

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Convair
Markings
Naval Air Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 1986
Designation
C-131F
Serial Number
141017

Convair C-131F Samaritan

Based on the Convair CV-340 and given the Navy designation R4Y-1 a total of 36 Samaritans served the U.S. Navy as staff transports. The primary difference is the addition of a large cargo door on the side of the military versions.

The Convair designs were not as successful as other airliners in civil service, but they had a long history in the military. The first were delivered in 1952 and they continued in service until well into the 1980s. The C-131s performed an unglamorous, but vital role by moving military personnel quickly and efficiently between bases.

Specifications
Wingspan 105 ft 4 in
Length 81 ft 6 in
Height 29 ft 2 in
Weight 54,600 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 293 mph
Service Ceiling 24,500 ft
Range 1,605 miles
Engines 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-99W radials, 2,500 horsepower each
Crew 4, passengers 44

Convair T-29B Flying Classroom

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Convair
Markings
U.S. Navy, Training Squadron 29 (VT-29), Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, 1966
Designation
T-29B
Serial Number
51-7906

Convair T-29B Flying Classroom

Relatively unsuccessful on the civil market the Convair 240/340/440 series of airliners served successfully with both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy as trainers and transports. The T-29 entered service with the U.S Air Force in 1950 as a navigation and radar trainer.

Two years later the improved T-29B introduced a pressurized cabin with accommodation for ten navigation students and four student radar operators. The T-29 remained in service until the mid 1970s.

Specifications
Wingspan 91 ft 9 in
Length 74 ft 8 in
Height 26 ft 11 in
Weight 43,575 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 296 mph
Service Ceiling 43,575 ft
Range 1,500 miles
Engines 2 Wright R-2800-97 radials 2,400 horsepower each
Crew 4 with 16 students and instructors

Convair B-58A Hustler

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Convair
Markings
305th Bombardment Wing, Grissom AFB, Indiana, 1969
Designation
B-58A
Serial Number
61-2080

Convair B-58A Hustler

The B-58 is the world’s first supersonic bomber and the first to reach Mach 2 as well. During its career the B-58 set 19 different speed, altitude, and payload world records, some of which still stand. The Hustler was very technologically advanced for its time and was the first to be built with a stellar inertial navigation system, the first to use stainless steel honeycomb construction, and the first to use encapsulated ejection seats. The B-58 suffered from an unfortunately high accident rate during the first years of its service and this combined with very high operating costs caused only 116 to be built and they were removed from service in 1970, after less than 10 years of operational service.

Specifications
Wingspan 56 ft 10 in
Length 96 ft 9 in
Height 31 ft 9 in
Weight 160,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 1,385 mph
Service Ceiling 60,000 ft
Range 4,100 miles
Engines 4 General Electric J79-GE-3B turbojets, 15,600 pounds thrust
Crew 3

Convair B-36J Peacemaker

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Convair
Markings
95th Bomb Wing, Biggs AFB, El Paso, Texas
Designation
B-36J
Serial Number
52-2827

Convair B-36J Peacemaker

The B-36 is the largest bomber and the last piston engine powered bomber produced by the United States. First designed to meet a World War II requirement for a plane capable of hitting targets in Germany from bases in the United States the prototype did not fly until August 8, 1946. The development of the atomic bomb led the Air Force to conclude that it still needed a very long-range bomber capable of delivering the bombs over intercontinental ranges and production of the B-36 was continued despite the end of the war a year earlier. A total of 383 Peacemakers were built between 1947 and 1954. The era of piston engine powered bombers was coming to a quick end with the introduction of the all jet B-47 and B-52. The B-36 was the symbol of American air power in the first years of the Cold War, but even the addition of four jet engines could not bring the B-36 up to the performance standards of the newer aircraft and all of the B-36s were out of service by the first months of 1959.

Specifications
Wingspan 230 ft
Length 162 ft 1 in
Height 46 ft 9 in
Weight 410,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 435 mph
Service Ceiling 45,700 ft
Range 10,000 miles
Engines 6 Pratt & Whitney R4360 with 3,800 horsepower each
Crew 13