Convair TF-102A Delta Dagger: Inverse fairy tale.

A pair of Convair employees giving a polish to the TF-102A cockpit mock-up, around 65 years ago. Convair decided to employ a side-by-side cockpit instead of a tandem design and they paid dearly. The rather bulbous cockpit created severe buffet and drag at high speed. After some redesign, a set of vortex generators on the cockpit canopy framing remedied the problem. It was a dirty cure.

Sadly, those incredible looking split air intakes were deleted on the production models. Such a beautiful duckling.

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