Convair promotional image, 1954/55, screen-shot Nikon D80.

The first USAF aircraft armed only with guided missiles and unguided rockets – The Convair YF-102 Delta Dagger, always called “the Deuce” – made its first flight on 24 December 1953. It had to undergo extensive development before it entered service in mid-1956, but ultimately it served with third-six squadrons.
The Convair F-102 was the first supersonic warplane with a delta or triangle shaped wing. Designed to defend North America against bomber attack dreaded by so many during the Cold War, the F-102 combined a ‘wasp waist’ fuselage shape, technically called ‘area rule’ with blade-like wings and tail to become one of the fastest fighters of its era.
> 990 Convair F-102s were built, including 111 two-seat TF-102As.
> The Delta Dagger planned to use nuclear-tipped Falcon air-to-air missiles to stop Soviet bombers.
> The F-102 was one of the first jet aircraft to use onboard computers.
>With its afterburners lit, the Convair was more than 80 times as powerful as a Bf-109 fighter of World War II.
From: “The Air Force”, The Air Force Historical Foundation; “American Military Aircraft”, General Editor: Jim Winchester

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  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertabout 1 year ago

    Great image John and a very interesting read.

  • Thanks for the terrific comment, Nigel Glad that you enjoyed the narrative as well.

    – John Schneider

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 1 year ago


  • Thank you so very much for your very positive comment and favorite… Much appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • PineSinger
    PineSingerabout 1 year ago

    Nice bit of history!

  • Thank you for your comment and favorite, appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 1 year ago

    Great info to accomp this image John.

  • Thanks for your comment and favorite. I figure having not taken the original image, looking up worthwhile info on the aircraft seems appropriate.

    – John Schneider

  • canonman99
    canonman99about 1 year ago

    a beauty John

  • thank you for the comment and favorite, Dennis. Appreciated!!

    – John Schneider

  • Colin Smedley
    Colin Smedleyabout 1 year ago

    Another golden oldie Nigel! It’s worth pointing out though that the earlier North American F-86D Sabre, many of which saw USAF service, had unguided rockets as its sole armament.

  • Good point, as did the Northrop F-89 Scorpion and Lockheed F-94 Starfire. Thank you for your comment, appreciated!

    – John Schneider

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 1 year ago

    Nice one John of another rarely seen aeroplane. – Ted

  • Thank you, Ted!!

    – John Schneider

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 1 year ago

    Very exciting light and color!

  • Thank you! When I took the screen-shot, got this shift from B&W to the blue.. like it.. Glad you do as well!

    – John Schneider

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