Convair F-102A “Deuce”: Being Inadequate.


Just read this piece of,…. well, sloppy “journalism” where the author’s rummages about the worst fighter planes ever.  Just some pearls: to him the R.A.F B.E.2 was a “fighter”, yeah right; the all too cliché Buffalo’s tale; the Century Series classics suffer too…, Boy, he thinks the F-105D did not serve their crews well, etc. Not happy with that he added also his so-called “Dishonourable Mention” list the slow starter but efficient F-111 Aardvark and -hold on to anything- the best by far fighter of its generation: the F-4 Phantom II.
An example of this “expert”‘s mind waves: the “Deuce” lifespan is summarised this way: “The Convair F-102 Delta Dagger performed inadequately as both an interceptor and a fighter-bomber”. An inadequate interceptor -yeah, sure how inadequate?- and…. when did the “Deuce” became a fighter bomber?, … this joke apart.

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20 thoughts on “Convair F-102A “Deuce”: Being Inadequate.

  1. Hey that guy has credentials!

    Robert Farley is an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. His work includes military doctrine, national security, and maritime affairs.He blogs at Lawyers, Guns and Money and Information Dissemination and The Diplomat. Follow him on Twitter:@drfarls.

    Military doctrine?
    National security?
    Information Dissemination?
    Follow him on Twitter:@drfarls?

    You bet I will!

  2. I love this comment for a reader…

    While I cannot argue with the choice of many of these aircraft I will defend the F-4 Phantom II, the F-105 Thunder chief and the F-111 aardvark. The F4 and F105 both saw service in Vietnam and did admirably well despite facing, their own short comings and the smaller and more nimble MIG17,19, and the still widely used MIG21. The Phantom for being an aircraft that proved “put enough power behind a brick and it will fly” scored a 4:1 Kill ratio against Enemy aircraft (even while those aircraft were being flown by Russian Pilots in secret) in Navy and Air Force hands. As for the Thunder Chief, given the tight ADA rings around many of the Industrial cities of North Vietnam (to include Hanoi) it perform well as a SEAD Aircraft. It got it’s name the “thud” not from its poor performance but rather its load of AGM’s (then their infancy) and the Mk.82 Bombs it carried. If Vietnam is measure of how poorly an Aircraft performed then the Author could Claim that the venerable B-52 is a catastrophic failure due to enormous losses from ground Fire and SAM’s that wreaked havoc on that aircraft. F-111 Carried out its role in Libya with one single loss, while striking many of it’s intended targets and then returning “home”

    2nd) The USAF is a Strategic Arm just like the Navy is. The Navy has embarked Marine Aircraft to fulfill its Tactical Air Defense, and the Army has its Air Calvary and Air Defense branch. That renders this comment made by the author:

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