|Convair F-102 "Delta
|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 seating.
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.
Area rule YF-102;
Span: 38 ft. 1 in.
Length: 68 ft. 4 in. (including boom)
Height: 21 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 31,559 lbs. max.
Armament: 24 unguided 2.75 inch
rockets and six guided missiles
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney J57 of 16,000 lbs.
thrust with afterburner
Maximum speed: 810 mph.
speed: 600 mph.
Range: 1,000 miles