Convair F-102 Delta Dagger


  • Role: Interceptor
  • Dimensions: Wingspan 11.62 m, length 20.84 m, height 6.45 m
  • Engine: 1 x Pratt & Whitney J57-P-23 (17.200 lbf of thrust)
  • Armament: AIM-26 & AIM-4C air to air missiles, 2.75 in (70 mm) Mighty Mouse FFAR (Folding Fin Aerial Rockets)
  • Crew: 1
  • Number in service: 24
  • Country of Manufacture: USA
  • Years in service: 1970 – 1977

A descendant of the projects of World War II German engineer, Alexander Lippisch, the delta-wing F-102A fighter served for fifteen years as the main interceptor of USAF, until its replacement in 1970. HAF acquired 20 surplus F-102A and 4 TF-102A from the USAF forces in Europe, which were used by 342 Squadron for seven years (1970-1977) . All airplanes came painted with ADC Grey and maintained this color until 1974. From 1974 onwards the aircraft were painted with the «Vietnam» camouflage. The F-102A began to be phased out by January 1977 to be replaced by Mirage F.1CG.

The TF-102A was of inferior performance compared to the F-102A, being essentially a subsonic airplane, mainly due to the unique desing that had the trainer and trainee seats side – the side rather than in tandem. The TF-102A were withdrawn along with the F-102A in January 1977.