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Convair F-106A Delta Dart BuNo 60453, 49th FIS, Griffiss AFB, New York 1986
General Background
The Convair F-106 Delta Dart began as an advanced version of the F-102 but because of so many modifications and design changes it became a new aircraft with its own designation. It was designed as a missile carrying all-weather interceptor against Soviet bombers and served in this role from the 1960s until the 1980s. The F-106A as well as the F-106B two-seat trainer served with 15 fighter interceptor squadrons starting in 1959. The aircraft was rarely referred to as the Delta Dart but was commonly called the “6”.
The Aircraft
Convair F-106A 56-0453 was the third F-106 produced in the San Diego plant and delivered to the USAF on September 30, 1957 as 60453. It was retained by Convair for various testing until August 1961 then released to the 318th FIS, 325th FW, McChord AFB, Washington. For the next 21 years the aircraft was shifted several times between the 318th FIS, the 48th FIS, ADWC at Tyndall AFB, Florida before reaching the 49th FIS at Grifiss AFB, New York. In 1987 60453 was sent to storage and was destroyed in 1995.
Specifications :
Crew: 1 x Pilot
Length : 70.7 ft (21.55 m)
Wingspan : 38.25 ft (11.67 m)
Height : 20.28 ft (6.18 m)
Empty : 24,420 lb (11,077 kg)
Loaded : 34,510 lb (15,670 kg)
Powerplant : 1 x Pratt & Whitney J75-17 afterburning turbojet producing 24,500 lbf (109kN)
Maximum Speed : Mach 2.3 (1,525 mph / 2,455 km/h)
Rate Of Climb : 29,000 ft/min (150 m/s)
Time To Altitude : 6.9 min to 52,700 ft (16,065 m)
Service Ceiling : 57,000 ft (17,000 m)
Ferry Range : 2,700 mi (2,300 nm / 4,300 km)
Combat Range : 1,800 mi (1,600 nm / 2,900 km)
Armament : 1 x 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan Gatling gun
2 x AIM-4F Falcon
2 x AIM-4G Falcon
1 x AIR-2A Genie nuclear rocket