Hobby Master HA3111 USAF Convair F-102A Delta Dagger Interceptor - 16th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Naha AFB, Okinawa, Late 1950s (1:72 Scale)
- Nickname for the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger
The Convair F-102 Delta Dagger was a US interceptor aircraft 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 bomber fleets.
The F-102 was the first operational supersonic interceptor and delta-wing fighter of the USAF. It used an internal weapons bay to carry both guided missiles and rockets. As originally designed, it could not achieve Mach 1 supersonic flight until redesigned with area ruling. The F-102 replaced subsonic types such as the F-89 Scorpion, and by the 1960s, it saw limited service in Vietnam in bomber escort and ground attack roles. It was supplemented by F-101 Voodoos and, later, by F-4 Phantom IIs. Many of the F-102s were transferred to United States Air National Guard duty by the mid-to-late 1960s, and the type was retired from operational service in 1976. The follow-on replacement was the Mach 2 class F-106 Delta Dart which was an extensive redesign of the F-102.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale rendition of a Convair F-102A Delta Dagger Interceptor that was attached to the 16th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, then deployed to Naha AFB, Okinawa, during the late 1950s. Now in stock!
Wingspan: 6.25 inches
Release Date: January 2014