Aeroplane Monthly 1981-11
B.Gunston - F-102 Delta Dagger /Fighters of the fifties/ (25)
YF-102, 52-7994 first prototype which first flew on October 24th 1953. This aircraft suffered a flame out and was written off on its seventh flight.
TF-102A, 54-1370 of the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, USAF based at Soesterberg, Netherlands, 1969.
High over the southern Californian mountains in April 1955, the prototype Convair YF-102A, 53-1787, shows the area-ruled “Coke-bottle” fuselage adopted when it became clear that the F-102’s original unwaisted fuselage would prevent the type from going supersonic. The Sea Dart is often thought of as an “F-102 on water-skis”, but the F2Y was a completely separate project and in fact owed more to the F-102’s predecessor, the XF-92.
The long fairing for the rudder control unit on the YF-102A is needed because of the thinness of the fin. (In the same way the aileron controls under the wing are external because of its thinness, although the elevator controls can be housed in the fuselage.)
An F-102A from the fourth production batch. Contracts for a total of 975 F-102As were awarded to Convair.
The F-102 was the first USAF fighter to operate armed only with guided missiles and unguided rockets.
Two 525th Fighter Interceptor Squadron F102s airborne from their Bitburg, Germany base in November 1963.
The trainer version of the Delta Dagger, the TF-102A, had a wider front fuselage to accommodate the side by side seating.
TF-102A 55-4033, one of 111 trainers purchased by the Air Force.
More than 25 Air Defense Command squadrons were equipped with the F-102A at the peak of its operational life.
The second YF-102, 52-7995, made its first flight on January 11, 1954 and like the prototype was powered by the J57-P-11 turbojet.
F-102A, 56-1120 of the 525th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, USAF based at Bitburg, West Germany, November 1963.