Any short tail F-102As left in captivity?

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Joined: June 21st, 2017, 9:39 pm

June 11th, 2018, 6:35 pm #11

Are there any other short tails out there? If not
this one needs to be overhauled and displayed
inside out of the elements. I'd gladly donate to a
fund to save this.---John
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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 2:53 am

June 11th, 2018, 11:08 pm #12

I can verify that 53-1788 was a longtime resident of the Florence Air and Missile Museum. I have photos of it taken on a family vacation in 1980, as well as photos from 1987 and 1990 visits showing it looking increasingly worse for wear. That airplane is kind of an old friend (and is the reason why I love the F-102 best of any Century Series aircraft) and I was happy when it and several other aircraft from Florence were rescued by the Carolinas Air Museum. I hope someday it can get the restoration it deserves, although given how long it went without proper attention I can imagine that would be a tall order.

Jodie Peeler
"Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people." - David Sarnoff
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June 12th, 2018, 1:33 am #13

The Carolinas Aviation Museum has NO -zero zip nada - restoration program nor any volunteers to do anything.  All the driving force volunteers that made things happen are, unfortunately, mostly dead and the current leadership has no clue.

C2j
Assembler of plastic model kits for over 50 years.
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June 12th, 2018, 2:08 am #14

Unfortunately I think you may have a valid point.---John
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June 12th, 2018, 4:59 pm #15

john5953 wrote: Are there any other short tails out there?
53-1787 is reportedly in the airpark at the Jackson Barracks Military Museum near New Orleans.

Jodie Peeler
"Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people." - David Sarnoff
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June 12th, 2018, 5:55 pm #16

I wonder if this is the same airframe that they (Air Force?) used to tour around the country as a recruitment tool.  I recall seeing a 102 around 64-65, at a technical fair or something, in Downey/Norwalk area.  Moved it around on a flatbed with the wings folded.
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June 12th, 2018, 6:56 pm #17

Cubs2jets wrote: The Carolinas Aviation Museum has NO -zero zip nada - restoration program nor any volunteers to do anything.  All the driving force volunteers that made things happen are, unfortunately, mostly dead and the current leadership has no clue.

C2j
That's too bad.They have a lot of potential, if they'd choose to do something with the museum. 

Back in the early '90s, I'd overnight in Florence several times a month, and I spent a lot of time at the museum in Florence (pilots got in free!). I wonder what happened to that RF-101 Voodoo cockpit trainer they had stuck in a corner? To this day, I kick myself for never taking detail photos of it! 

Ben
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June 13th, 2018, 1:26 am #18

octopusmotor wrote:
john5953 wrote: Are there any other short tails out there?
53-1787 is reportedly in the airpark at the Jackson Barracks Military Museum near New Orleans.

Jodie Peeler
Google maps shows it is there, marked as 62334 which is a TF-102 serial, but it is a short tail with YF rudder actuator fairing.    I am quite surprised at finding TWO YFs still existing.  I had thought that if there were any it would be an early production example.
I have also found that Retrokit has short tail and early intakes in resin for 1/144 conversions.  I'm unaware of others scales yet.

Rick L.
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