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Convair F-106 Delta Dart

The F-106 all-weather interceptor was developed from the Convair F-102 "Delta Dagger." Originally designated the F-102B, it was redesignated F-106 because it had extensive structural changes and a more powerful engine. The first F-106A flew on Dec. 26, 1956, and deliveries to the Air Force began in July 1959. Production ended in late 1960 after 277 F-106As and 63 F-106Bs had been built.
The F-106 uses a Hughes MA-1 electronic guidance and fire control system. After takeoff, the MA-1 can be given control of the aircraft to fly it to the proper altitude and attack position. Then it can fire the Genie and Falcon missiles, break off the attack run, and return the aircraft to the vicinity of its base. The pilot takes control again for the landing.
The principal mission of the F-106B is to function as a pilot proficiency trainer while maintaining full tactical capabilities for the interception and destruction of hostile aircraft and missiles. The F-106B has all-weather and day or night characteristics.
The airplane incorporates a delta wing with a cambered leading edge extending from wing root to wing tip and swept tail surface. Control surfaces are power operated.

The system pressurized, air bled from engine compressor section and is used pressurize the fuel tanks to reduce evaporation.

The airplane has the capability for air refueling from flying boom equipped tankers.

The armament is located in a bay in the bottom of the fuselage. The AIM-4 missiles are extended below this section for firing and the AIR-2A rocket is ejected from the bay by an explosive charge. Firing of the armament is either manual or automatic. The components of the AN/ASQ-25 (MA-1 equivalent) Aircraft and Weapons Control System provides automatic radar searching and tracking, directs the airplane on a lead-collision attack and automatically fires the armament.
External fuel tanks can be added to increase range. The tanks can be refueled in flight and need not be jettisoned for combat since they do not restrict airplane speed or load factor when empty.
General characteristics F-106A
Primary function interceptor
Power plant One Pratt & Whitney J75-P-17 turbojet with afterburner
Thrust 25,180 lb 112 kN
Wingspan 38.3 ft 11,68 m
Length 70.8 ft 21,57 m
Height 20.3 ft 6,18 m
Speed max. 1,524 mph 2453 km/h
landing 173 mph 278 km/hod
Initial climb rate 714 ft/s 13 054 m/min
Ceiling 56,760 ft 17 300 m
Range normal 575 miles 925 km
max. 1,808 miles 2 910 km
Weight empty 23,590 lb 10 700 kg
max.takeoff 41,822 lb 18 970 kg
Armament One AIR-2A Genie air-to-air nuclear missile and four AIM-4 Falcon air-to-air missiles. Later was Genie missile replaced 20mm cannon M61A1.
Number built F-106A 277
F-106B 63

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