During the last few weeks of
September members from 62d Maintenance Squadron sanded, primed
and painted one of the museums newest displays, the F-102
Delta Dagger S/N 56-1515. The aircraft, formerly wearing a
worn a Southeast Asia camouflage
painted on a number of F-102's slated to serve in the Vietnam
war, was painstakingly repainted Air Defense Command Gray with
317th FIS's distinctive red band with a white lightning bolt.
For the last three years former
members of the 317th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron have been
restoring the Interceptor since its arrival from Davis-Monthan
AFB replacing another F-102. After months of restoration the
other F-102, S/N 57-0858 recovered from Tyndall AFB in 1999,
was found to have many areas of corrosion from years on
display in Florida. Usable components were recovered for #
515ís restoration; the remainder of 858ís airframe was
recovered recently by the Vermont ANG to be used to repair
another F-102 (S/N 54-3366) on display at Burlington ANGB, VT.
After itís painting, 515 was
moved back to the Museums restoration hangar for the final
stages of restoration. Plans are for the F-102 to be moved to
the Museum yard by the summer of 2006.
McChord Air Museum Foundation wants to acknowledge the professionalism
of the following individuals in transforming the aircraft into its