Convair F-106A 'Delta Dart'

Notes: Delta wing fighter similar to F-102A. Has different engine, tail, fuselage fuel tank, armament and electronic equipment (1 CREW) .
  Base model:F-106
  Nickname:Delta Dart
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Fighter
  First Flew:1956/12/26

  Length: 70' 8.75" 21.5 m
  Height:20' 3.25" 6.1 m
  Wingspan: 38' 3.5" 11.6 m
  Wingarea: 697.0 sq ft 64.7 sq m
  Empty Weight: 23,646 lb 10,723 kg
  Gross Weight: 38,250 lb 17,346 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J75-P-17 (A/B 24,500Lb
  Thrust (each):16,100 lb 7,301 kg

  Range: 1,700 miles 2,737 km
  Cruise Speed: 594 mph 956 km/h 516 kt
  Max Speed: 1,525 mph 2,455 km/h 1,327 kt
  Climb: 30,000 ft/min 9,143 m/min
  Ceiling: 57,000 ft 17,373 m

Known serial numbers
56-0451 / 56-0467, 57-0229 / 57-0246, 57-2453 / 57-2455, 57-2456 / 57-2460, 57-2461 / 57-2465, 57-2466 / 57-2477 , 57-2478 / 57-2485 , 57-2486 / 57-2506 , 58-759 / 58-771 , 58-772 / 58-798 , 59-001 / 59-030 , 59-031 / 59-059 , 59-060 / 59-086 , 59-087 / 59-111 , 59-112 / 59-135 , 59-136 / 59-148 , 59-166 / 59-204

Examples of this type may be found at
Air Mobility Command MuseumDover AFBDelaware
California ANG - 144th FW, FresnoFresnoCalifornia
Florida ANG - 125th FG, Homestead AFBHomesteadFlorida
McChord Air MuseumMcChord AFBWashington
Minot AFBMinot AFBNorth Dakota
Montana ANG - 120th FG, Great FallsGreat FallsMontana
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
Tyndall Air ParkTyndall AFBFlorida
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

F-106A on display

Air Mobility Command Museum

California ANG - 144th FW, Fresno

McChord Air Museum

Minot AFB

Montana ANG - 120th FG, Great Falls

Museum of Aviation

Pima Air & Space Museum

Tyndall Air Park

United States Air Force Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Ken Wigton
 Highland, MI
To all F-106 folks out there: There is an all F-106 reunion 9-11-2013 to 9-15-2013 at and around the AF museum in Fairborn, Ohio. It is open to all and any people that had anything to do with the F-106. If you are interested contact Ken Wigton @ kwigton@comcast.net or by phone @ 248-887-6834. As of 7-23-13 we have about 200 troops signed up including maintenance, pilots and others. Ken
07/23/2013 @ 11:09 [ref: 67961]
 Dutch Freiberger
 Lexington Park, MD
I "cut my teeth" on the F-106 in the 5th FIS at Minot from 76-80. I crewed 58-02757. Got to rebuild the nose of 010 after it's mid-air. What a great time. I loved working the Six. It was one of the prettiest fighters in the sky. Even after all these years, I can remember much about the plane; motor pulling, flight control rigging, chasing pneumatic leaks, trigger salvos, etc). LOVED IT!! I was trained by some really great people (Melissa Welch, Roger Pilkington, George Henry, Greg Mercer, Chief Archie Wilson, Dave Valenta, and others).

I remember going to WSEP at Tyndall in 79' with 8 jets and 1st Tactical Fighter Wing from Langley came in with their pretty, new F-15s. We would work our butts off for two full shifts while Langley was closing down canopies and heading to the club by 6-7 in the evening. The best part of it all was when the day to deploy home came, we launched all our jets out successfully. When Langley went to launch out, one of their first two on the runway had the internal boarding ladder fall out and parts got swallowed down the #1 intake and FOD the motor. Then the second two-ship took off and they swallowed piece/parts off the runway from the first two-ship. They returned to base and Langley ended up staying behind with three engine changes. What a way to cap off a good trip.
09/22/2011 @ 05:20 [ref: 49207]
 , TX
its a igle in the sky.
05/31/2011 @ 23:10 [ref: 39094]
 Steve Templeman
 Louisville, KY
MA1 tech from 77-86. The older I get the more I miss it. I think it took me 5 years to be fairly competent and confident about working on the system. Hi Skip. I saw his entry. I met him after we were both out of the service. I was looking for photos of the 083 unit. The Stick. I had a great photo a few years ago but have misplaced. I remember standing on my head to change the rear stick on a redball. I had my head between a Colonel's legs. Sweat was poring off of me since it was summer in Panama City, Fl. Lots of great memories.
11/11/2010 @ 14:36 [ref: 33280]
 Clifford L. Sheppard
 lake orion, MI
My last tour of active duty was at Selfridge Air Force Base in Mt. Clemens, Michigan (Air Defense Command) and the bird was the F106A, The electronics were quite advanced and the aircraft was certainly pleasing to the eye. The concept of the bird was to fire a nuclear missile at enemy bomber formations. Nice idea but there were those things called ICBM's. So the life of the F106 was short lived. The aircraft was very expensive to maintain and the word "hangar queen" was often used.
07/28/2010 @ 00:22 [ref: 28416]
 Richard \"Skip\" Stephenson
 Surprise, AZ
Was an MA-1 tech in Minot from 83-85 when they flew the last ones out to the bone yard. I see in the upper photos the static display bird 460 at Minot. I was the technician who got to cut the huge wire bundle that ran under the radar boxes (front right panel)..I was very excited and nervous, as I had heard many horror stories of people trying to repair that wire bundle..I had to run back into the bosses office to make sure one last time it was what he wanted me to do...then I attacked it with gusto, sawing slowly at first watching each wire come apart, then went full steam ahead, quite the honor really. As was tradition then, when we pulled the radar rack out, we all took turns writing a message on the bulkhead panel, often coming across the names of past co-workers and bosses when they were snot nosed A1C's...good times!
06/17/2010 @ 10:30 [ref: 26603]
 Mike West
 Columbus, OH
I was a weapons loader (462) with the 381FIS at McChord AFB back in '66/'67. Rained ALL the time there. Wonder if those AIR2A's would ever go off with a bang like they were supposed to, being constantly wet. I had to volunteer for VietNam 3 times before I could get out of that miserable weather. But the 106 was a beautiful bird.
07/17/2007 @ 10:12 [ref: 17153]
 Jim MacDougald
 Colorado Springs, CO
There is also an F-106 on display here at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs. Lee Wolford is here also, but he isn't on a pedestal yet.
06/14/2006 @ 05:59 [ref: 13517]
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01/24/2006 @ 05:30 [ref: 12280]
 J.P. McDevitt
 , NM
A little more info for Liu regarding the "Y" shaped control stick:

The stick was actually home for two sets of controls. The right part of the stick was basically part of the entire yolk assembly. If you moved the right side of the stick, it moved the yolk and controlled the flight control surfaces. On the top of the right grip was what pilot's called the "beep trim button". By pressing it up or down or side to side, you could induce a little (or a lot) of turn or climb into the aircraft. (It was kind of the lazy way to steer the aircraft.)

The left handle of the stick is a different animal. There is a switch in the middle of the stick that will lock or unlock the left handle. If locked, you can use either the left or the right handle to steer the aircraft. However, if you unlock the handle, it is used to control the radar antenna and achieve lock-on.

The little wheel that you can see on the right side of the handle is for moving the radar antenna up or down as it sweeps from side to side. The button underneath the wheel changed your selection from radar to infrared and back again. The "trigger" on the front of the left handle has two "detents". At first detent (half way pulled), it enables you to stop the antenna sweep and aim the antenna where you want with the handle and the elevation wheel. When pulled to second detent (pulled all the way in), you moved an indicator on the radar scope over the target and achieved lock-on of the target. Once you flip a few more switches, you pull the trigger on the right handle and you launch your selected weapon(s).

Now you know how to fly the plane and shoot something down!
11/17/2005 @ 02:22 [ref: 11713]


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