American postwar aircraft
Convair F-102A Delta Dagger
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 USAF's first operational
delta-wing aircraft. The F-102 made its initial flight on Oct. 24, 1953 and became
operational with the Air Defense Command in 1956. At the peak of deployment in the late
1950's, F-102s equipped more than 25 ADC squadrons. Convair built 1,000 F-102s, 875 of
which were F-102As. The USAF also bought 111 TF-102s as combat trainers with side-by-side
In a wartime situation, after electronic equipment on board the F-102 had located the
enemy aircraft, the F-102's radar would guide it into position for attack. At the proper
moment, the electronic fire control system would automatically fire the F-102's air-to-air
rockets and missiles.
||One Pratt & Whitney J57-P-23 or J57-P-25 turbojet engine
|Initial climb rate
||2x 755 gallons
||2x 2,858 lt.
||24 unguided 2.75 inch rockets and six AIM-4 Falcon guided
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