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HA3611 Convair F-106A Delta Dart 58-0766, 125th FIG, Florida ANG, December 1983

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”.

In September 1959 Convair 58-0766 was the 124th F-106 produced and delivered to the 456th FIS Castle AFB, California. October 1960 the aircraft transferred to the 71st FIS and then on to the 94th FIS in 1969 and the 2nd FIS in 1971. In 1973 it moved to the 171st FIS before leaving for the 159th FIS/125th FIG Florida ANG at Jacksonville in 1974. In December 1986 58-0766 was sent to AMARC. It eventually was converted to a QF-106 drone and shot down February 1, 1994.

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