Descended from the plans of Dr. Alexander Lippisch, 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. Entering service in 1956, its main purpose was to intercept invading Soviet strategic bomber fleets (primarily the Tupolev Tu-95) during the Cold War. Designed and manufactured by Convair, 1,000 F-102s were built.
Of the USAF forces in Europe, twenty surplus F 102A and 4 TF-102As equipped for seven years (1970-1977) the 342nd Squadron of the Hellenic Air Force. All planes were delivered in overall ADC. From 1974 onwards the aircraft were painted “Vietnam” .
The TF-102A performed lower than the F-102A, being subsonic, mainly due to the special design of the trainer and trainee seats side by side rather than in a row. All F/TF-102A were phased out in January 1977 to be replaced by the Mirage F.1CG.
This beauty resides in the Hellenic Aerospace Industry. Unlike some of its brothers that have been restored to static condition, she is left unattended since 1977. This is sad, from a point of view, but, from another point, it is an interesting modeling subject, since everything on her is in its original state, with the inevitable wear after all these years spent outside. The J-57 engine is removed, but I think I have spotted it somewhere…
Since i had access to her, I thought it would be a good idea to take some “walkaround” style pics, in order to keep some photo record of this gorgeous plane, its future not looking so bright…
Enjoy the pics!