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A Delta Dagger with seating for two — Convair TF-102 Delta Dagger walkaround

13 February 2013

A Delta Dagger with seating for two — Convair TF-102 Delta Dagger walkaround

— photo by Joseph May

Convair TF-102 Delta Dagger, side-by-side seating for two — photo by Joseph May

Unlike many U.S. designed jet fighter trainers, Convair designed the Delta Dagger trainer with side-by-side seating though widening the fuselage entailed major engine air inlet work. Naturally, the increase of the induced drag slowed the interceptor to less than supersonic speeds in level flight though the TF-102 otherwise remained fully combat capable able to launch the F-102 armament or missiles and rockets under radar fir control.

The TF-102 images in this post, except for the cockpit photo, were taken of the aircraft on exhibit at the Veterans Memorial Air Park of Fort Worth TX. This specific aircraft was assigned to the squadron to which, soon to be President, George W. Bush was assigned. More information as well as photos can be seen at this National Museum of the U.S. Air Force link. Pasting “Veterans Memorial Air Park” into the search window and selecting ENTER will bring to many more

— photo by Joseph May

The nose, cockpit and engine air intakes differ greatly from the F-102 Delta Dagger — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Profile view of the TF-102 sitting in the maintenance area of the Veterans Memorial Air Park in Ft. Worth TX — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Note the vortex generators along much of the cockpit canopy framing, another feature not shared with the F-102 — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Like the F-102, the main inlets are still positioned  in-line with the cockpit control panel on the TF-102 but within a sculpted niche instead of alongside the fuselage, they are shaped extremely differently  as well — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

The fuselage  of the TF-102 did not differ significantly from the F-102 and followed “Area Rule” — photo by Joseph May

— U.S. Air Force photo

TF-102 cockpit — U.S. Air Force photo

More on this unusual three-for-one museum in Fort Worth, and its many aircraft, can be see by pasting “Veterans Memorial Air Park”  into the search window and selecting ENTER :)

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 19 February 2013 00:08

    Thanks for the post. We have recently learned that President George W. Bush did in fact have two flights in this aircraft.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      19 February 2013 21:25

      Outstanding! What a nice context for this particular aircraft you have found.

  2. Roger Hines permalink
    11 June 2014 16:42

    I helped build the 58 hustler and a little bit of the 102. We were running test panels on 36, never knew why. To see and hear the 36 take off was wonderful. This was in 1957.

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