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Posted 10/30/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
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Convair XF-92A
Convair XF-92A in flight with bare metal scheme. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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This airplane was the world's first jet aircraft to fly using the radical delta-wing configuration pioneered by Germany's Dr. Alexander Lippisch during the 1930s.

In 1946 the United States approved the construction of a delta-wing airplane, designated the Convair Model 7002. First flown on Sept. 18, 1948, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., it was to serve as a flying prototype for the XF-92 fighter then being designed. The XF-92 program was canceled, however, without any XF-92 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 supersonic F-102 and F-106 interceptors.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force has an XF-92A on display in its Research & Development/Flight Test Gallery.

Type Number built/
XF-92 0 Model 7002
XF-92A 1 Delta wing research aircraft

Armament: None
Engines: Allison J33 of 7,500 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Maximum speed:
700 mph
Cruising speed: 655 mph
Range: Not applicable
Service ceiling: 50,750 ft.
Span: 31 ft. 4 in.
Length: 42 ft. 6 in.
Height: 17 ft. 9 in.
Weight: 14,608 lbs. maximum

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