Convair F-102




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interceptor
one
P&W J57
17,200 lbs.
68 ft. 4 in.
38 ft. 1 in.
19,350 lbs.
31, 500 lbs.
1,085 gals.
430 gals.
24- 2.75 inch
six
550 mph
825 mph
17,000 fpm
53,400 feet
1,350 miles
10/24/53
1956



 

The Convair F-102, known as the Delta Dagger, was the first operational delta wing aircraft and the first supersonic all weather interceptor. The plane was flown by U.S. president George W. Bush while in the Air National Guard.

The origins of the Convair F-102 and its unique delta wing can be traced back to German experimental aircraft developed during World War II. Convair originally produced the experimental aircraft based on a design by Dr. Alexander Lippisch. It was he who designed the tailless gliders that were the basis of the German interceptor rockets.

The Convair F-102 was the predecessor to delta wing Mach 2 aircraft. Its development included numerous new technologies. The aircraft was part of a Hughes system that used radar and computer control to guide the interceptor aircraft to its intended target.

Initial prototype Convair F-102 were unable to reach supersonic speeds in level flight. A number of changes were made to the design, particularly the narrowing of where the wings joined the aircraft, that reduced drag. Changes were made to the wings, the fuselage of the aircraft was made longer, the engine air intakes enlarged, and a more powerful engine added.

On December 17, 1954 a Convair F-102 prototype aircraft achieved supersonic speeds in level flight. On June 11, 1955 a production aircraft took to the sky.  In April of 1956 production aircraft began being deployed to the U.S.A.F. which eventually totaled 26 squadrons around the world. The air forces of Greece and Turkey also used the aircraft.

Due to the fact that the Convair F-102 had a crew of one, the pilot was kept busy. In addition to flying the aircraft, the new computer guided radar needed management. This was done by a separate control column.

After tracking to the intercept aircraft, the pilot had a choice of rockets or missiles which he could launch. The Convair F-102 carried its guided missiles in a hatch in its belly.

Convair F-102 aircraft flew with the U.S. Air National Guard until April of 1973. A total of 1,000 of all types were produced.

RC Convair F-102
RC Convair F-102

The great looking Convair F-102 is scratch built by Chris Lavering. It has a wingspan of 28 in. and a length of 49 1/2 in.  Construction is balsa and light plywood. A 2840 - 3900 Kv motor turning a 64 mm EDF powers it. Weight, ready to fly, is about 35 oz.

Zia models has the Convair F-102 in a kit. These kits are often seen on eBay. It has a wingspan of 33 in. and a length of 43 in. It will take a .40 two cycle glow engine  or the electric equivalent in its nose.




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