Image ID: 47918
Operator: USA - Air Force - 61032
Aircraft: Convair - F-102 Delta Dagger
Airport: Netherlands - Soesterberg - Militaire Luchtvaart Museum
Category: Warbirds (after WW2)
Photo taken on 2004-10-20 by aerovet [Contact]
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(31.5.2009, 09:39 CET)
Preserved in the colours of the 32nd FIS based at Soesterberg. It is thought that this aircraft is ex Greek AF, although the serial 56-1032 was converted to a drone and presumably shot-down.
1 Charles Trainor
(6 August 2009 - 08:28 CET)
I have an extensive data base of aircraft in museums around the world. I have been trying to identify this particular aircraft since I went on Joe Baugher's site and found two references to F-102A serial number 56-1032. The way it appeared to me was that 56-1052 was renumbered to '1032 and that both aircraft were on display at the RNAF Museum with the same serial (?!) Then I entered 56-1032 on the internet and the first hit was for aircraft which had previously served with the 32nd Fighter Squadron, USAF (www.eagleaviation.nl). 56-1032 was indeed listed as going to Davis-Monthan and undergoing conversion to a target drone. They also listed the aircraft in your picture. It is the second plane which Joe listed as being in the museum, namely 56-1052. It served with the 32nd Fighter Squadron and went to the Royal Hellenic Air Force, then returned to the Netherlands when its service career was over. It was probably painted as '1032 due to the colorful tail, which could be verified with old photos of 32nd Squadron aircraft.
2 Robert van de Pol
(8 June 2010 - 22:01 CET)
Ac 56-1052 didn't served with the 32nd FIS but only painted as 56-1032 FC-032.
3 Robert van de Pol
(8 June 2010 - 22:04 CET)
56-1052 is an ex Hellenic AF F-102. Given to the museum and repainted as 56-1032 FC-032
4 Jerry Shores
(29 June 2012 - 19:58 CET)
Correct! Greek 102s were painted in a camo-pattern. This bird was repainted to represent the glory days the 102s were with the 32 FIS at Soesterberg Airbase. My dad (same name) worked the radar on these jets at Camp New Amsterdam...