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