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Convair F-102 Delta Dagger

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger 56-1032/FC-032 32ndFS USAF

The Convair F-102 Delta Dagger was an American interceptor aircraft that was built as part of the backbone of the United States Air Force’s air defenses in the late 1950s.

  • Role: Interceptor aircraft
  • National origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: Convair
  • First flight: 24 October 1953
  • Introduction: April 1956
  • Retired: 1979
  • Status: Retired
  • Number built: 1,000
  • Trainer: TF-102A

Military operators

  • Hellenic Air Force (Greece)
  • Turkish Air Force
  • United States Air Force

Specifications (F-102A)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 68 ft 4 in (20.83 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 1 in (11.61 m)
  • Height: 21 ft 2 in (6.45 m)
  • Wing area: 661.5ft²/61.52m² (Original Wing) or 695 ft²/64.57m² (Conically-Cambered Wing) ()
  • Airfoil: NACA 0004-65 mod root and tip
  • Empty weight: 19,350 lb (8,777 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 24,500 lb (11,100 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 31,500 lb (14,300 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney J57-P-25 afterburning turbojet
    • Dry thrust: 11,700 lbf (52.0 kN)
    • Thrust with afterburner: 17,200 lbf (76.5 kN)
  • Internal fuel capacity: 1,085 U.S. gal (4,107 l)
  • External fuel capacity: 2 × 215 U.S. gal (815 l) drop tanks

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.25 (825 mph, 1,304 km/h) at 40,000 ft (12,190 m)
  • Range: 1,350 mi (1,170 nmo, 2,175 km)
  • Service ceiling: 53,400 ft (16,300 m)
  • Rate of climb: 13,000 ft/min (66 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 35 lb/ft² (172 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.70

Armament

  • Rockets: 24 × 2.75 in (70 mm) FFAR (Folding Fin Aerial Rocket) unguided rockets in missile bay doors
  • Missiles:
    • 6 × AIM-4 Falcon air-to-air missiles or
    • 3 × AIM-4 Falcon
    • 1 × AIM-26 Falcon with conventional or nuclear warhead

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