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Convair XF-92A Delta, delta-wing airplane, Jet
- This new radical research aircraft was the world's first jet aircraft to fly using the new delta-wing arrangement pioneered by Germany's Dr. Aleander Lippisch during the 1930s.
In 1946, the U.S. approved the construction of a delta-wing airplane, designated the Convair Model 7002. First flown on September 18, 1948 at Edwards AFB, California, it was to serve as a flying prototype for the XF-92 fighter then being designed. However, the XF-92 program was canceled without any XF-92's being built, and the USAF accepted the Model 7002 in June 1949 as the XF-92A. Flight tests demonstrated that the stability and control characteristics of the delta-wing concept were practical and much of the information was incorporated in the development of the Convair F-102, and Convair F-106 interceptors and also on the B-58 Hustler supersonic bomber, the United States Navy's F2Y Sea Dart as well as the VTOL FY Pogo.
During its 5 years of flying, the XF-92A had logged 119 flights with approximately 62 hours of flying time. The XF-92A is on permanent display at the USAF Museum, Dayton Ohio.
Powerplant: One Allison J33-A-29 turbojet, 5900 lb.st. dry and 7500 lb.st. with afterburner
Wingspan: 31 feet 4 inches
Length: 42 feet 6 inches
Height: 17 feet 9 inches
Wing area: 425 square feet
Weights: 9078 pounds empty, 14,608 pounds gross
maximum speed: 718 mph at sea level, 655 mph at 35,000 feet
Climb to 35,000 feet in 4.3 minutes, service ceiling 50,750 feet
The XF-92A was never fitted with any armament
Convair XF-92A Delta Wing Concept Demonstrator, jet, Research Aircraft, Experimental, Flying Machine, history, Archive, Pioneers of Aviation
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- Wernher Krutein