The Convair F-102 Delta Dagger was designed to be an interceptor aircraft and act as the core
of USAF air defenses in the late 1950s. The F-102 first appeared in service in 1956 with the
task to intercept Soviet bombers. The official name for the F-102 was “Delta Dagger” but the
most common term used was “Deuce”. There was 889 F-102As manufactured when production
ended in September 1958.


The 57th Pursuit Squadron was activated in January 1941 and became 57th FS in May 1942.
In 1949 it was inactivated only to be reactivated at Presque Isle, Aroostook County, Maine in
March 1953 as the 57th FIS the “Black Knights of Aroostook”. In November 1954 the 57th
moved to Keflavik, Iceland where they became the “Black Knights of Keflavik” to avoid
confusion with the 526th FIS “Black Knights” based in Germany. In late 1962 the 57th FIS
traded their F-89Ds for the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. The squadron flew the F-102 mostly
on intercept missions against unannounced Russian aircraft. On September 15, 1972 the
squadron intercepted a Russian Bear and recorded its 1000th intercept. In 1973 the 57th FIS
re-equipped with F-4Cs and in the summer of 1978 converted to F-4Es. The 57th FIS was
inactivated on March 1, 1995.


Specifications Convair (F-102A) Delta Dagger “Deuce”

Role - Supersonic All-Weather, delta wing interceptor

Crew – 1 pilot

Number Produced – 889

Dimensions
Length – 68 ft 4 in   (20.83 m)
Wingspan – 38 ft 1 in   (11.61 m)
Height – 21 ft 2 in   (6.45 m)

Weight
Empty – 19,350 lb   8,777 kg)
Loaded – 24,500 lb   (11,100 kg)
Maximum Takeoff – 31,500 lb   (14,300 kg)

Powerplant – 1 x Pratt & Whitney J57-P-25 afterburning turbojet
Thrust
Dry – 11,700 lbf   (8,777 kg)
With Afterburner – 17,200 lbf   (76.5 kN)
Fuel
Internal – 1.085 US gal   (4,107 l)
External – 2 x 215 US gal   (815 l) drop tanks

Performance
Maximum Speed – Mach 1.25  (825 mph, 1,304 km/h) @ 40,000 ft   (12,190 m)
Service Ceiling – 53,400 ft   (16,300 m)
ROC – 13,000 ft/min   (66 m/s)
Range – 1,350 nm   (2,175 km)

Armament
Rockets – 24 x 2.75 in   (70 mm) FFAR (Folding Fin Aerial Rocket) unguided rockets in missile
bay doors
Missiles
AIM-4 Falcon air-to-air
AIM-26 Falcon with conventional or nuclear warhead
Missiles were contained in 3 bays inside the aircraft belly

Avionics – MG-10 fire control system designed by Hughes Aircraft Company
Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA3109
F-102A Delta Dagger
57th FIS, Keflavik, Iceland 1963
1/72 scale pre-finished.

Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.

Professionally painted.

All markings are pad applied for superb results.

Crew figure.

Comes with display stand.

Landing gear can be displayed up or down.

Extremely sought after by collectors.
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