F-102 Repaint Progress Pictures

The Museum of Aviation’s F-102 was moved up Georgia Highway 247 this past Saturday. If you have never seen an aircraft move here (and we move them fairly regularly) it is a neat sight. It is just unusual to see a large aircraft in such an out of context way. The F-102 was moved so that it can be repainted how it looked while assigned to the 95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Andrews AFB during the late 1950s.

The Museum got the aircraft from Lackland AFB, Texas in 2009 where it had been on static display for 39 years. Delta-winged F-102s served as long-range supersonic all-weather air defense interceptors in the U.S. Air Force inventory from 1956 to 1977.

The Warner Robins Air Logistics Center had logistics responsibility for the avionics, fire control systems, countermeasures and air launched missiles used on the F-102 during its service life.

The first picture below is an example of how the F-102 will look when finished. The tail number will reflect the aircrafts serial number of 56-1151. The subsequent pictures show Museum Restoration personnel painting the aircraft in a hangar at Robins Air Force Base.


4 thoughts on “F-102 Repaint Progress Pictures

  1. I joined the 76th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in Westover AFB near the end of 1961. I fondly remember working on the electrical systems of the Squadron’s F-102s and considered them marvels of engineering at the time. I remained with Air Defense Command for nearly ten years on F-106s and F-101s, ending the last of my career in Tactical Air Command seeing these venerable birds used as targets. It tears at my heart strings to see them rotting in the sun on static display in unnamed towns. Great to see the work being done to restore the old bird. Thanks. Dave

    1. Dear Mr. Ryan, While with the 76th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, did you happen to know an F-102 pilot named Major William (Bill) Howell? He was my father. He died on May 3, 1962 flying an F-102 out of Westover.

    2. Dear Mr. Ryan, While with the 76th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, did you happen to know a pilot named Maj. WIlliam (Bill) Howell? He was my father. He died flying an F-102 out of Westover on May 3, 1962.

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