American postwar aircraft
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
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
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.
||One Pratt & Whitney J75-P-17 turbojet with afterburner
|Initial climb rate
||13 054 m/min
||17 300 m
||2 910 km
||10 700 kg
||18 970 kg
||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.
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