F-102A Delta Dagger
F-102A being loaded for transport
F-102A being unloaded following
transport from Florida.
assigned to the Florida Military Aviation Museum at Clearwater-St.
Petersburg Airport, when the museum closed the aircraft were removed
from the facility and placed in outside storage. Officially
a part of the U.S. Air Force Museum, Wright Patterson AFB collection,
the F-102A has just been placed on indefinite loan to MAPS Air Museum
for restoration purposes.
USAF Service Record for F-102A Delta Dagger
4 Feb 1957 Accepted into USAF inventory after manufacture and testing at the
CONVAIR plant in San Diego, CA
Feb 1957 Assigned to 317th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Air
Defense Command (ADC), McChord AFB, WA
May 1958 Assigned to 325th Fighter Group (ADC), McChord AFB, WA
(with a deployment to Tyndall AFB, FL)
Mar 1960 Assigned to San Antonio Air Material Area, Kelly AFB, TX.
Jun 1960 Assigned to Mobile Air Materiel Area, Brookley AFB,
Nov 1960 Assigned to 32nd Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, US Air
Forces Europe (USAFE), Camp New Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wheelus AB, Libya; Ramstein AB, Germany; Erding AB, Germany; and Torrejon AB,
Jul 1969 Assigned to 101st Fighter Group, Maine Air
National Guard (ANG), Dow AFB, ME
Nov 1969 Assigned to 125th Fighter Group, Florida Air National Guard
(ANG), NAS Jacksonville, FL.
May 1971 Dropped from the USAF inventory and transferred to museum
as an all-weather interceptor, the Convair F-102's purpose was to patrol, intercept,
and if need be, shoot down incoming enemy bomber aircraft such as the
Soviet Tu-52 Bear. Operating from bases in the continental U.S., Greenland, Europe and Alaska,
the Delta Dagger would use her speed and missile weapons to prevent
enemy bombers from reaching the shores of North America. Notable firsts for the aircraft include being the
world's first supersonic all-weather interceptor, and the USAF's first
operational delta wing aircraft. Designed during the US military's
"missiles only" period, the Delta Dagger featured no gun
armament at all, the thinking at the time being that with recent
advances in missile technology, aircraft would never get
close enough to use guns in a "dogfight."
F-102 Delta Dagger landing following
38 ft. 1 in.
Length: 68 ft. 4 in.
Height: 21 ft.
Weight: 31,559 lbs. max.
unguided 2.75" rockets and 6 guided missiles
Engine: Pratt & Whitney J57 with 16,000 lbs
thrust in afterburner mode
Cruising speed: 600 mph.
Range: 1,000 miles
Service Ceiling: 55, 55,000 ft.
Crew Chief: Frank Daloisio
Crew Chief's Update (Restoration Progress):