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New Arrival F-102A Delta Dagger

During the dangerous period between the late 1950s and 1960s, the F-102A Delta Dagger was the heart of America’s Air Defense Command. If war had broken out, the U.S. SAGE network would have directed flights of Mach 1.25 F-102As to attacking Soviet bombers. Near the bombers, the “Deuces” would have taken over using their powerful on-board radars and computerized weapons control systems. They would have fired volleys of heat-seeking missiles, radar-guided missiles,

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unguided Mighty Mouse rockets, and even nuclear-tipped missiles. This radical interceptor was the first production aircraft with a delta wing. During its development, it pioneered aerodynamics in the transonic flight realm from Mach .8 to Mach 1.2. It was the first plane designed (actually redesigned) according to the area rule, giving it a distinctive wasp waist when viewed from above. The Deuce was America’s first supersonic interceptor. The Deuce had a long service life. First fielded in 1956, it remained in service until 1977. Although faster interceptors appeared in the 1960s, they were produced in smaller numbers than the Delta Dagger. Consequently, the F-102A remained an important part of the U.S. Air Defense System for many years longer than first planned.

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Our particular F-102A flew with the Hawaii Air National Guard. In the early 1950s, a number of Air National Guard units began participating in air defense exercises under the control of regular Air Force units. In 1956, HIANG was the first Air National Guard unit to be given full responsibility for protecting a portion of America’s skies, independent of Air Force units. Only several years later were other Air National Guard units given such responsibility. During its long service, HIANG flew a stream of ever-better interceptors, including the F-86D Saber, the F-102A, the F-4F, and the F-15. It is scheduled to transition to F-22 raptors in 2010—before many regular Air Force units

Comments on “New Arrival F-102A Delta Dagger

  1. Administrator on 2013 12 19 said:

    Hi Marilynn,

    Thanks for your informative comment!  We sincerely appreciate feedback and information!

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  2. Marilynn K Laird on 2013 12 19 said:

    Very happy you have this airframe. My first trip to Hickam Field there were 3 HANG Deuces on base. The other two are in museums in the Conus US. Sorry I do not know the locations. It is very rare that the Guard units received fresh from the factory aircraft. This makes your aircraft even more unique.

    They have probably been reduced to scrap by now but the Hawaii Guard had two C-7 Caribous. Last I saw them they were on the John Rogers side of HNL. Along with some other aircraft which presumably corrosion finally rendered them non airworthy.

    The C-54 I found sitting on its belly I presume has been totally scrapped by now. Hopefully you will eventually be able to recover the B-18 on the big Island and some other airframes in the water and in the jungles. There is a flying boat that I am sure is a Hall PH-1 that I saw in the documentary that Bob Ballard made while searching for the missing now found 5th Japanese midget sub. It on sitting up right on its landing or beaching wheels and looked in remarkably good shape. the tires still had air in them. This could also be a PBY-5A but from what is on the film says otherwise. This would be a real coup if you could get that one or get the Navy to recover it and take it to Pensacola. I know there are at least two HANG P-47N in the drink around the islands and in not too deep water. I wish you all the best in your efforts to tell Hawaiian Aviation History. I will keep my eyes and ears open here for any and all you maybe interested in

    Sincerely Marilynn K Laird
    USAF ret.

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