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 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 being built, and the Air Force 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.
Delta wing research a/c
Span: 31 ft. 4 in.
Length: 42 ft. 6 in.
Height: 17 ft. 9 in.
Weight: 14,608 lbs. maximum
Engines: Allison J33 of 7,500 lbs. thrust with afterburner
North American XF-93A
This aircraft information is from the USAF Museum Archives.
The Museum has the XF-92A (S/N 46-682) in restoration.