Adopted by SMSgt Ralph Watkins & The Evans Family
The TF-102 is the trainer version of the F-102 which was the first operational delta winged fighter in the USAF and the first operational fighter designed to defend itself with missiles and rockets only (no guns). Our Museum’s TF-102 is the first of these trainers built and was flown by USAF units at Selfridge from 1958 to 1961. TF-102A #041351 was moved over the road from Chanute AFB IL to Selfridge in 1988.
Wingspan: 38’ 2” Engine: J-57-P23
Length: 68’ 5” Thrust: 17,200#
Height: 9’ 4” Speed: 810 mph
Weight: 31,500# 1st Flight: 1955