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 431st Fighter Squadron (Red Devils) was activated on May 14, 1943 and was inactivated
on 1 April 1949. On September 11, 1952 they were re-designated 431st Fighter Interceptor
Squadron and re-activated November 1, 1952 at Selfridge AFB, Michigan. They remained here
until June 23, 1953 when they transferred to Wheelus AB in Libya. The 431st FIS were
stationed in Libya until September 1958 then moved with their F-86Ds to Zaragoza AB, Spain.
On September 28, 1960 the 431st FIS transitioned to the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. On May
18, 1964 they returned to the U.S. and George AFB, California where on April 23, 1965 they
traded the F-102 for the F-4C Phantom II and were again re-designated 431st TFS. The
squadron would be re-designated 3 more time before being in-activated  on June 30, 1992.


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
HA3105
F-102A-55-CO
Delta Dagger
431 FIS, Zaragoza  Air Base,
Spain, April 1962
Red Devils
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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