| The F-102
was the world's
first supersonic all-weather jet interceptor and the USAF's
first operational delta-wing aircraft. Its primary mission
to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft. In a wartime situation,
its electronic equipment would locate an enemy aircraft, then
radar would guide the plane into position attack. Then, electronic fire control system would automatically fire the
F-102's air-to-air rockets and missiles. Gee Ma, no hands!
The F-102 made its initial flight on Oct. 24, 1953 and became operational with the
Air Defense Command in 1956. At the peak of deployment in the
late 1950's, 25 ADC squadrons were equipped with them. Convair
built 1,000 F-102s, 875 of which were F-102As. The USAF also
bought 111 TF-102s as combat trainers with side-by-side seating.