Convair F-102A Delta Dagger
in Hangar 39
First flight, October 1953;
All-weather fighter-interceptor and bomber escort
The primary mission of the F-102 was to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft. It was the world's first supersonic, allweather jet interceptor and the U.S. Air Force's first operational delta wing aircraft. The U.S. Air Force employed TF-102As with side-by-side seating as combat trainers.
The F-102 made its initial flight on October 24, 1953, and became operational with the Air Defense Command (ADC) in 1956. At the peak of deployment in the late 1950s, F-102s equipped more than 25 ADC squadrons. Convair built 1,000 F-102s, most of which were F-102As.
In a tactical situation the F-102's sophisticated electronic equipment could locate enemy aircraft targets and provide radar guidance into attack position. At the appropriate moment, the electronic fire control system would automatically fire the F-102's air-to-air rockets and missiles.
One Pratt &Whitney J57, 16,000 pounds thrust with afterburner
68 feet 4 inches (20.8 m)
21 feet 2 inches (6.5 m)
31,559 pounds (14314.9 kg)
810 mph (1303.6 km/h)
55,000 feet (16.8 km)
1,000 miles (1609.3 km)