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Convair F-106A Delta Dart 59-0043, 119th FIS, 1988 "The Last"
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
In February 1960 the 211th F-106A Delta Dart 59-0043 c/n 8-24-172 was completed and in March 1960 assigned to the 27th FIS Loring AFB, Maine. In July 1971 the aircraft transferred to the 83rd FIS at Loring before leaving for Dover AFB, Delaware and the 95th FIS. On January 24, 1973 59-0043 began a fifteen and a half year stay with the 119th FIS/177th FIG Atlantic City, New Jersey ANG and was named "Spirit of Atlantic City". In mid-1988 the aircraft went to storage, later converted to a drone but in 1998 was given a reprieve and sits on "Celebrity Row" at Davis- Monthan AFB as the last airworthy F-106.
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