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Hobby Master F-102 16th FIS Naha AFB, Japan 1950s 1/72 HA3111

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Hobby Master  Convair F-102A  Delta Dagger  Tail No., 31802  16th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, Naha AFB, Okinawa 1950s  1/72 scale, diecast metal and plastic parts. Fully assembled. HA3111

The Convair F-102 Delta Dagger was designed to be an interceptor aircraft and act as the core of USAF air defenses in the late 1950s. The F-102 first appeared in
 service in 1956 with the task to intercept Soviet bombers. The official name for the F-102 was “Delta Dagger” but the most common term used was “Deuce”.
There was 889 F-102As manufactured when production ended in September 1958. The Deuce served in Vietnam on fighter patrols and bomber escort. 15 F-102s
were lost while in Vietnam.

31802 was a modified JF-102A and sent to the Wright Air Development Center. In 1955/56 the aircraft spent the winter at Ladd AFB, Alaska as the Cold Weather Test airframe. Beginning in 1959 until 1965 the 16th FIS was stationed at Naha AB, on Okinawa. It was in 1959 that F-102A 31802 joined the 16th FIS before heading to the 317th FIS, the 509th FIS, Idaho ANG 190th FIS and storage in 1971. In February 1977 the aircraft was scrapped.

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