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HA3610 Convair F-106A Delta Dart 80784, 194th FIS, California ANG, William Tell 1980

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”.

Convair F-106A 80784 was the 145th F-106 produced and delivered to the 27th FIS in Maine October 21, 1959. In 1960 the aircraft transferred to the 94th FIS, nine years later it went to 71st FIS, 1972 it moved to the 460th FIS. 1974 saw it transferred to the 194th FIS/144th FIG California ANG at Fresno. In 1980 the 194th FIS participated in “William Tell” and won top F-106 unit. In September 1983 the 159th FIS Florida ANG received it. On October 3, 1986 it crashed and was written off.

Specifications for the Convair F-106A Delta Dart
Crew – 1 x Pilot
Performance
Power Plant – 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)
Dimensions
Length – 70.7 ft (21.55 m) Wingspan – 38.25 ft (11.67 m) Height – 20.28 ft (6.18 m)
Weight
Empty – 24,420 lb (11,077 kg) Loaded – 34,510 lb (15,670 kg)
Armament
1 x 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan Gatling gun 2 x AIM-4F Falcon 2 x AIM-4G Falcon