Any short tail F-102As left in captivity?

Joined: May 19th, 2013, 2:56 am

June 10th, 2018, 7:17 pm #1

Any examples in a museum or park, or did they all go through modification?

Rick L.
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Joined: February 26th, 2005, 11:38 pm

June 10th, 2018, 11:04 pm #2

IIRC, there’s one at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, NC. I think it’s the one that used to be displayed at the now closed museum in Florence, SC.

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June 11th, 2018, 2:17 am #3

This is the one that was in SC. Short tail?---John
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June 11th, 2018, 2:54 am #4

It's hard to tell, but I think the tall tail had the rear of the tail
coming up 90 degrees off the top of the fuselage and the
short tail kicked in at less than 90 degrees off the fuselage
top surface.The rear of this one in the picture looks like the
rear of the tail is kicking in....short tail? Tall tail right triangle
short tail scalene triangle?---John
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Joined: March 30th, 2015, 3:46 pm

June 11th, 2018, 3:07 am #5

Yes, this looks like a short tail F-102. I'm surprised; I wouldn't think any of them would have survived unmodified. Note also the small early-style speed brakes at the base of the vertical fin. Other photos of this aircraft on the museum website show it also has the early air intake without a splitter plate.
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Joined: February 28th, 2005, 3:20 pm

June 11th, 2018, 4:27 am #6

Definitely the short-tail. Very cool. I've actually started a short-tail conversion of the Meng kit. I was trying to co-opt my project with fundekal:) so that they would do a decal sheet for short-tail Deuces. I figured out what to do with the kit, and sent a lot of my references of short-tails with the idea that an article in FSM showing how-to could accompany the release of the sheet. I did my part, but they never went forward with the decal. C'est la vie.
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Joined: April 14th, 2009, 5:29 pm

June 11th, 2018, 10:01 am #7

The airplane is actually a YF-102A.  It was long ago converted to an instructional airframe and - believe it or not - has folding wings.  Unfortunately, the airframe is in sad shape from years of sitting outside with little to no attention.  It is located outside on the ramp of the Carolinas Aviation Museum in charlotte, NC.

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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 2:56 am

June 11th, 2018, 1:25 pm #8

Thank you, Paul for the work you did I would like to see conversions and decals happen too, and wondered if there was a short tail out there that would be useful for someone to take measurements and spark interest. It's been one of those projects that lives in the back of my mind for quite a while.

Rick L.
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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 7:55 pm

June 11th, 2018, 5:12 pm #9

Here's YF-102A 53-1788 at the Carolina's Air Museum when it was on outside display in 2007. It carried the markings of the 157th FIS SC ANG.
YF-102A 53-1788 Carolina's Air Museum 7FEB09 #2 (JS).jpg
YF-102A 53-1788 Carolina's Air Museum 7FEB09 #1 (JS) .jpg
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June 11th, 2018, 5:21 pm #10

Today, it still looks like that, just add 11 more years of sitting outside.  Not a pretty sight for such a plane.

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