DELTA DAGGER
DELTA DAGGER

Manufacturer

CONVAIR

Markings:

525th. Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Bitburg Air Base, West Germany

Designation:

TF-102A

Serial Number:

54-1366

CONVAIR TF-102A DELTA DAGGER

Because the handling characteristics of delta-wing aircraft are very different from conventional aircraft, particularly at take-off and landing it was determined that a dedicated trainer was needed for pilots transitioning to the F-102. Nicknamed The Tub for its redesigned bulbous nose the TF-102A allowed pilots to learn the intricacies of high-speed interceptor tactics as well as of the plane's tricky handling. Each squadron that flew Delta Daggers was assigned two trainers as well. A total of 111 TF-102s were built.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 38 ft 1 in
  • Length: 63 ft 4 in
  • Height: 21 ft 2 in
  • Weight: 32,104 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 646 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 55,000 ft
  • Range: 1,350 miles
  • Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney J57-P-23A turbojet with 16,000 lb thrust with
  • Crew: 2