Research Test Flight of Convair Model 7002 - XF92A Airplane
at U.S. Air Force Test Base Muroc, California, 1948 (Restored Color)
This little gem would be right at home in the movie "The Right Stuff," showing early delta wing jet flight testing at Muroc (Edwards) Air Force Base. The print had severe color shifts & fading that I digitally corrected.
This rare color film shows the 7002 being tested by Consolidated (later Convair) in 1948 at the Muroc Test Base in California, (later Edwards Air Force Base). Surely there is no more godforsaken spot on the face of the Lower 48! It's hard to imagine a more influential aircraft, as the delta wing was not only adopted in the Convair's F-102 and B-58, but also in a long series of other US, British, French, and Russian designs. Charts shown in the film do a good job of illustrating the many virtues of the 60 degree delta wing.
From the description at the US Air Force Museum web site: "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. The Convair Model 7002 was completed in 1948 as a flying mock-up for the proposed delta wing XP-92 interceptor. (In 1948 the Air Force changed the designation from P for pursuit to F for fighter.) The Model 7002 was designed to investigate delta wing behavior at low and high subsonic speeds. The 7002 was initially powered by an Allison J33-A-23 turbojet engine and later the J33-A-29 turbojet with afterburner. It was formally delivered to the USAF on May 14, 1949, and named the XF-92. It was flown by Air Force test pilots until its nose gear collapsed on landing on Oct. 14, 1953, ending its flying career. With the experience gained from the XF-92 program, Convair was able to win the competition for the "1954 Interceptor" program and to build the successful delta-wing F-102 Only one XF-92A was built; it was delivered to the Air Force Museum in 1969 from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.".