February 27, 2018 -- F102 Delta Dagger
This one on static display at South Dakota Air & Space Museum near Rapid City, South Dakota.
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. Its main purpose was to intercept invading Soviet strategic bomber fleets during the Cold War. Designed and manufactured by Convair, 1,000 F-102s were built.
George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, flew the F-102 in the 147th Fighter Interceptor Group based at Ellington AFB in Houston, Texas as part of his Texas Air National Guard service from 1968 to 1972.
The first operational service of the F-102A was with the 327th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at George Air Force Base, in April 1956, and eventually a total of 889 F-102As were built, with production ending in September 1958.
The F-102's official name, "Delta Dagger", was never used in common parlance, with the aircraft being universally known by service members as the "Deuce." The training version of the aircraft (TF-102) was known as the "Tub" because of its wider fuselage with side-by-side twin seating.
The F-102 left U.S. service in 1976, while 6 of the aircraft were converted to target drones and used as such thru 1986. No F-102s remain in flyable condition today.
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