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Convair F-102 Delta Dagger

Catégories : Jet Era Models

1956 - Convair F-102 Delta Dagger Convair F-102 Delta Dagger


In the early 50s, the USAF wanted an interceptor effective to defend the U.S. against Soviet bombers. It should have capacity any time and fast, with a delta wing. The F-102 supersonic interceptor any time delta wings, resulting prototype designated YF-102, himself from the experimental device XF-92A. The latter was the first American plane delta wing and was designed to explore the concept that the Germans had begun to implement during the Second World War. This wing was considered the best because it reduces aerodynamic drag and therefore allows the aircraft to fly high and fast. At the time these two factors were still synonymous with invulnerability and ultimate interceptor should be able to stop the bombers with these characteristics.

The prototype of the F-102 Delta Dagger, the YF-102, flew for the first time on 24 October 1953 and showed disappointing performance. Convair engineers modified the fuselage then to implement the "area rule" stipulating that the area of the fuselage must decrease when the area of the wing increases to reduce drag at transonic and supersonic flights. The prototype was modified and reached its first flight from Mach 1.22. Many forged documents were used to produce the version of F-102A series to give the wing structure of the most robust possible. The Delta Dagger was equipped to raise honeycomb glue, and its fuselage had been designed in accordance with the law areas. As for his weapons, it included air-to-air missiles Falcon associated with a system of firing changed.

The F-102 Delta Dagger aircraft remains as a step before the introduction of the F-106 Delta Dart. Interceptors modern entering into service, the F-102 were paid to units of the U.S. Air National Guard where they stole until replaced by F-106 in the sixties. The F-102 was built at a cost of 889 copies and served in Vietnam between 1965 and 1968.