Convair F-106 Delta Dart

The story of the NASA F-106 Delta Dart that was struck by Lightning 714 Times

The story of the NASA F-106 Delta Dart that was struck by Lightning 714 Times

An extensively modified F-102 Delta Dagger An extensively modified version of the F-102 Delta Dagger was developed during 1955 under… Read More

2 months ago

Sec. of Defense McNamara canceled the YF-12 Blackbird program to fund the F-106X Mach 5 Interceptor. Then he canceled the F-106X program too.

Even though the USAF ordered 93 YF-12 aircraft and had an initial budget of $90 million to further testing, this… Read More

1 year ago

F-106 pilot tells the story of when he fell asleep while SAGE ground computer was flying his Six during a late-night exercise

‘Suddenly my F-106 rolled out of its turn onto a new heading. The sudden leveling of the wings woke me… Read More

1 year ago

‘The F-106 “supercruised” before the F-22 and it was the perfect bomber interceptor.’ Six pilots explain how the Delta Dart helped the US to win the Cold War

'The standard load for an F-106 was four AIM-4 Falcons and a Genie. Primary weapon was the Genie-a nuclear air-to-air… Read More

2 years ago

F-106 Vs F-4: Six Pilot tells the story of when his Delta Dart Squadron Beat a Phantom II Unit during Scramble Training and explains why the F-106 Scrambled faster than the F-4

‘In the post-action debriefing, we found that ALL the F-106 Delta Dart aircraft got to the runway before the FIRST… Read More

2 years ago

[Updated] Former F-106 pilot explains why the Delta Dart – although fast and agile – was never used in Vietnam

The F-106 Delta Dart was the primary all-weather interceptor aircraft of the US Air Force (USAF) from the 1960s through… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know the F-106 “supercruised” before the F-22? Former “Six” pilots explain why the Delta Dart was the perfect bomber interceptor.

“The 106’s speed and range gave us the ability to ‘…get there the firstest with the mostest,’ which of course… Read More

3 years ago

Here’s why the F-14 Tomcat (Rather than the F-15 Eagle) would have been the Most Effective Interceptor for USAF

The F-15 was not able to match the Tomcat's multiple target tracking and multiple missile-launch capabilities, or the long-range firepower… Read More

4 years ago

F-106 pilot downed in 1975 tells the story of a unique high-altitude ejection

During his time at Tyndall, Damer was selected along with a fellow pilot to participate in a unique F-106 training… Read More

5 years ago

This F-106B was struck by Lightning 714 Times

In a single flight in 1984 F-106B N816NA was struck 72 times in the space of only 45 minutes while… Read More

5 years ago

THAT TIME AN UNPILOTED F-106 INTERCEPTOR  AUTONOMOUSLY LANDED IN A SNOW-COVERED FIELD

On Feb. 2, 1970 the F-106A (S/N 58-0787) flown by Maj. Gary Foust was involved in a very unusual incident… Read More

6 years ago

A LOOK AT THE PAST: THE F-106 DELTA DART INTERCEPTOR AND THE AIR-2 GENIE AIR-TO-AIR NUCLEAR ROCKET

The F-106 used the Hughes MA-1 electronic guidance and fire control system that supported the Genie and Falcon missiles The Convair F-106… Read More

7 years ago