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F-102. This is the plane G W flew in the Air National Guard. Optimized for speed, it was a bitch to land, and he had trouble more than once.
The F-102 and F-106 (and F-104) were the ready alert aircraft in the US for a very long time.
The F-102 may have been "optimized for speed," but it wasn't fast. They couldn't even get it through the Mach. It remained for aerodynamicist Richard Whitcomb to come up with Area Rule, which produced the nearly identical-looking F-106. The -106 turned out to be a Mach 2 aircraft and set a world speed record (at the time).
Area ruling was used on the F-102A production version and it exceeded mach 1.2. It was only the original YF-102s that were subsonic. A redesign produced the YF-102A which eventually went into production.
This is one of the two original YF-102 prototypes built without the area-ruled fuselage.
I grew and lived (still do) in Sault Ste. Marie, MI and Kincheloe AFB was about 15 miles south of us, a SAC (B-52) and ADC (F-102, F-106) base. In the late 50s and maybe early 60s we heard sonic booms almost EVERY day.