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The F-106 which almost got away with it

30 June 2014

The F-106 which almost got away with it

47° 07′ 52″ N / 122° 29′ 01″ W

F-106 A Delta Dart — photo by Joseph May

Convair F-106A Delta Dart at Heritage Hill Air Park on Joint Base Lewis-McChord — photo by Joseph May

The F-106A on exhibit in the Heritage Hill Air Park of the McChord Air Museum was originally assigned to Major Joseph “Joe” Rodgers for a speed record attempt. As so often happens with complicated aircraft it was grounded at the last moment so Maj. Rogers simply hopped into another F-106, setting a still standing record of 1529.29 mph (2446.864kph) — impressively, though set in 1959 the record stands for a single engine aircraft. This F-106A is exhibited in the livery of the 318 FIS and our thanks to the museum’s Maj. Randy Getz (USAF, ret.) for bringing this aircraft to our attention.

F-106 A Delta Dart — photo by Joseph May

This F-106A Delta Dart is in Washington Air National Guard livery — photo by Joseph May

F-106 A Delta Dart — photo by Joseph May

F-106A Delta Dart, any way you look at it the pilot was not a benefactor of forward visibility — photo by Joseph May

F-106 A Delta Dart — photo by Joseph May

F-106A Delta Dart with its missiles lowered— photo by Joseph May

F-106 A Delta Dart — photo by Joseph May

F-106A Delta Dart tail emblem detail — photo by Joseph May

F-106 A Delta Dart — photo by Joseph May

This F-106A Delta Dart’s paint detail includes the drop tanks — photo by Joseph May

F-106 A Delta Dart — photo by Joseph May

The F-106A Delta Dart carried its armament in a fuselage missile bay where the missiles would be lowered into the slipstream — photo by Joseph May

F-106 A Delta Dart — photo by Joseph May

Late model F-106A Delta Darts were armed with four Mach 3 Hughes AIM-4 Falcon missiles (semi-active radar homing in the forward positions and heat seeking in the rear positions) — photo by Joseph May

F-106 A Delta Dart — photo by Joseph May

The butterfly speed brakes in the tail of the F-106A Delta Dart — photo by Joseph May

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Randy Getz permalink
    30 June 2014 09:38

    Joe,

    One small correction. Our F-106 is painted in the livery of the 318 FIS, an active duty Air Defense squadron. Great write-up of the “almost famous” 60459. Thanks.

    Randy Getz

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      30 June 2014 10:17

      Randy,

      Thanks for the assist and the copy has been amended.

      Thanks again,

      Joe

  2. shortfinals permalink
    1 July 2014 20:14

    Nice one, Joe! You don’t see too many Hughes AIM-4 Falcon missiles on display, these days, either! Ross

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      1 July 2014 21:48

      Thanks Ross, I got lucky with that one 🙂

  3. 8 July 2014 10:35

    I really need to get down to this museum!

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