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Hobby Master F-102 431st FIS Zaragoza Spain 1962 1/72 HA3105

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Hobby Master  F-102A-55-CO Delta Dagger 431 FIS  "Red Devils" , Zaragoza Air Base, Spain, April 1962 1/72 scale, diecast metal and plastic parts. Fully assembled. HA3105

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.
The 431st Fighter Squadron (Red Devils) was activated on May 14, 1943 and was inactivated on 1 April 1949. On September 11, 1952 they were re-designated 431st Fighter Interceptor Squadron and re-activated November 1, 1952 at Selfridge AFB, Michigan. They remained here until June 23, 1953 when they transferred to Wheelus AB in Libya. The 431st FIS were stationed in Libya until September 1958 then moved with their F-86Ds to Zaragoza AB, Spain. On September 28, 1960 the 431st FIS transitioned to the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. On May 18, 1964 they returned to the U.S. and George AFB, California where on April 23, 1965 they traded the F-102 for the F-4C Phantom II and were again re-designated 431st TFS. The squadron would be re-designated 3 more time before being in-activated on June 30, 1992.

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