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Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

TF-102A • “Delta Dagger”

Convair

 
 
TF-102A • “Delta Dagger” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 21, 2012
1. TF-102A • “Delta Dagger” Marker
Inscription. The F-102 was developed from the Convair XF-92 delta wing research aircraft of the late 1940s and the prototype made its initial flight in October 1953 at Edwards AFB. It became operational with the Air Defense Command in 1956. At the peak of deployment in the late 1950s, F-102s equipped more than 25 ADC squadrons. Convair built 1,000 F-102s, 889 of which were F-102As. The USAF also bought 111 TF-102As as combat trainers with side-by-side seating. The TF-102A completed its maiden flight at Edwards on 8 November 1955. The TF-102A was considerably slower than the F-102A, only reaching subsonic speeds in level flight. Pilots that flew the aircraft nicknamed it the “Tub.”

This TF-102A is the third trainer version built and served at Edwards in various flight test roles throughout its career. It was used to test high altitude full pressure suits in the late 1950s and was the first TF-102 retrofitted with an enlarged vertical tail to improve control and stability. The aircraft was restored by the 412th Test Wing Surfaces Team in 2006.

On Loan from the National Museum of the USAF
 
Erected by Air Force Flight Test Museum.
 
Location. 34° 52.255′ N, 117° 59.45′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB
TF-102A • “Delta Dagger” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 21, 2012
2. TF-102A • “Delta Dagger” Marker
, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Rosamond Boulevard 10 miles east of California Route 14, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Century Circle, just outside the West Gate at Edwards AFB, CA. Marker is in this post office area: Edwards CA 93524, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. F-104A • “Starfighter” (a few steps from this marker); F-101B • “Voodoo” (within shouting distance of this marker); YF-100A “Super Sabre” (within shouting distance of this marker); F-105D • “Thunderchief” (within shouting distance of this marker); YC-15 (within shouting distance of this marker); F-106B • “Delta Dart” (within shouting distance of this marker); YA-10B Prototype number 73-1664 (approx. 4.8 miles away); NF-4C - "Phantom II" (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
 
Also see . . .  Museum Website. Includes all museum locations, aircraft inventory, and plans for the future museum. (Submitted on March 26, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Air Force Flight Test Museum, Flight Test Historical Foundation
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitary
 
TF-102A • “Delta Dagger” and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 21, 2012
3. TF-102A • “Delta Dagger” and Marker
TF-102A • “Delta Dagger” image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 21, 2012
4. TF-102A • “Delta Dagger”
Century Circle Air Force Flight Test Center image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 4, 2012
5. Century Circle Air Force Flight Test Center
Tf-102a image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 23, 2018
6. Tf-102a
Groundbreaking ceremony for a new museum, which will be open to the public.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 25, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 417 times since then and 50 times this year. Last updated on March 26, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 25, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   6. submitted on March 26, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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