F-102A "Delta Dagger, or Deuce"

The Convair F-102A was a Mach 1.25 fighter designed to serve as an all-weather interceptor. It served during the days of the Cold War and did fly some close-support mission over South Vietnam even though the aircraft was totally unsuited for this role. It was flown by the 179th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (Duluth, MN) from 1967 to 1972, before converting to the F-101B Voodoo. The 179th Figher-Interceptor Squadron flew air defense missions in the F-102s for more than five years from 1967 to 1972. The "Deuce" was armed with AIM-4 missiles and 2.75" rockets. The-179th moved into the F-102 in late 1966. By 1970 they had earned the nickname, "The Aces of Deuces," winning the William Tell Weaponry competition against all other "Deuces" in the USAF. Our F-102 came to us from New York, where it was a "Gate-Guard" on static display atop a 20 foot post. Dimensions Fuselage Length: 68ft. 4 1/2in. Wing Span: 38ft. 1 1/2in. Height: 28ft. 2 1/2in.

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