Convair F-102A Delta Dagger (Interceptor)
- Delta Dagger
- Number Built:
- Convair Division,General Dynamics Corporation
The primary mission of the F-102 was to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft. It was the world’s first supersonic, all-weather 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.
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- Convair Division, General Dynamics Corporation
- Deployment Date
- First flight, October 1953; Operational 1956
- 38 feet, 1 inches
- 68 feet, 4 inches
- 21 feet, 2 inches
- 31,559 lbs
- Max. Speed
- 810 MPH
- Service Ceiling
- 55,000 feet
- 1,000 miles