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