No. 12139. Convair 8-24 F-106A Delta Dart (57-0231 c/n 8-24-20) US Air Force
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Convair 8-24 F-106A Delta Dart

10/31/2013. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Essentially a derivative of the Delta Dagger initiated as the F-102B, the F-106A Delta Dart entered service with the USAF Air Defense Command in July 1959, the first trials aircraft having flown on December 26, 1956. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney J75-P-17 turbojet rated at 17,200 lb (7,802 kg) s.t dry and 24,500 lb (11,113 kg) s.t with afterburning, the F-106A featured an internal weapons bay for two Douglas AIR-2A or -2B Genie unguided nuclear-tipped missiles and four Hughes AIM-4F or -4G Falcon AAMs supplemented (from 1973) by a 0.787 in (20 mm) M-61 multi-barrel rotary cannon.

The F-l06B was a two-seat combat training version retaining full operational capability, and Delta Dart production, which was completed in July 1961, comprised 277 F-106As and 63 F-106Bs. The Delta Dart remained in service with the Air National Guard until August 1988. Above 57-0231 is pictured with one Douglas Genie MB-1 nuclear rocket and four Hughes GAR-3 Super Falcon radar guided missiles.

Created March 31, 2013