Convair XF-92A

The XF-92A 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.

Click on the thumbnail images to view the larger view.     The photos were taken by Mark Young.


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