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HA3612 F-106A Delta Dart 90053, 87th FIS "Red Bulls", Sawyer AFB, 1970s

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”.

F-106A Delta Dart 90053 MSN 8-24-182 was completed in early 1960 and delivered to the 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron / 325th FW at McChord AFB, WA on April 5, 1960. Over the years the aircraft spent time with the 498th FIS, 84th FIS and in September 1974 became the property of the 87th FIS “Red Bulls” at Sawyer AFB, MI. On August 10, 1983 90053 was sent to MASDC as FN014 in 1991 became a drone and was shot down at Tyndall AFB, FL May 18, 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