AVIATION: Supersonic Delta Wing

Consolidated Vultee, whose giant B60 lost out to Boeing's 6B-52 as the Air Forces' intercontinental bomber of the future, this week won a contract that may put it out ahead in fighter planes. It got the first production contract in the U.S. for a delta-wing jet fighter, the F-102. The new 20,000-lb. plane will be powered by Pratt & Whitney's J57 jet (TIME, May 28, 1951) and will be armed with rockets fired automatically with new controls developed by Howard Hughes' aircraft company. Convair expects its supersonic F-102 to be the world's...

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