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Convair F-106A Delta Dart 0-80795, Air Defence Weapons Center, Tyndall AFB, Florida
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 Delta Dart 58-0795 was the 158th F-106 aircraft manufactured and was completed in November 1959. On December 4, 1959 the aircraft was delivered to the 27th FIS at Loring AFB, Maine. This aircraft was the test bed for the new clear top canopy and the Vulcan Gun Pod “Project Sharp Shooter” located at Tyndall ADWC. The aircraft was flown by Major John Mantel who was the project manager. 0-80795 was sent to AMARC in 1987, converted to a QF-106 drone in 1992 and shot down May 11, 1994.
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