F-106A Delta Dart

Serial Number: 59-0023

The Delta Dart already had some visibility in the museum through the exhibition of the F-106 flight simulator that was assigned here in the 1970’s. The museum now has an actual plane from the 95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron that was stationed here in 1972. The Dart first flew in 1956 and a squadron of the delta wing interceptors was stationed at Dover AFB with the 95th from 1963 to 1973. An all weather interceptor known for its efficiency and ability to counter bomber aircraft up to 70,000 feet, the F-106A had a maximum speed of 1,525 mph (Mach 2.3) and a range of 1,500 miles. It carried four Falcon missiles and one Genie nuclear rocket. Starting in 1972, the 106’s were transferred to the 177th Fighter Interceptor Group at Atlantic City, NJ, making the Delta Dart the last type of fighter assigned to the Dover AFB. Put out to pasture as a fighter plane in the mid-1980s, the F-106 was put to work as a Target Drone for fighter pilot training. After many were expended in that program most of the remaining handful were sunk in the Florida Gulf to form an artificial reef for fish.

  • Manufacturer: Convair
  • First Flight: 26 December 1956
  • Retired: August 1988
Specifications
  • Crew: Pilot
  • Payload: -
  • Length: 70 ft
  • Wingspan: 38 ft
  • Height: 20 ft
  • Empty Weight: 23,760 lbs
  • Loaded Weight: 35,226 lbs
  • Powerplant: 1x Pratt & Whitney J75-P-17 turobjet
  • Maximum Speed: 1,525 mph
  • Cruise Speed: 594 mph
  • Range: 1,500 mi
  • Service Ceiling: 57,990 ft
Assignment History

The assignment history for the Air Mobility Command Museum's F-106A Delta Dart, serial number 59-0023:

Date Location
29 Jan 1960 Accepted by USAF, assigned to Air Material Command
3 Feb 1960 Delivered to USAF
4 Feb 1960 Assigned as combat aircraft, 319 Fight Interceptor Squadron, Bunker Hill AFB MA (ADC)
6 Mar 1960 Assigned for depot work to Sacramento Air Material Area, McClellan AFB CA
10 Mar 1960 Assigned as combat aircraft, 319 Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Bunker Hill AFB MA (ADC)
29 Feb 1964 Assigned as combat aircraft, 32 Fighter Interceptor Squadron, George AFB CA (ADC)
7 Dec 1964 Assigned as combat aircraft, 329 Fighter Interceptor Squadron, George AFB (ADC)
31 May 1967 Assigned as combat aircraft, 27 Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Loring AFB ME (ADC)
6 Mar 1968 Temporarily assigned as combat aircraft, Air Defense Weapons Center, Tyndall AFB FL (ADC)
22 May 1968 Assigned as combat aircraft, 27 Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Loring AFB ME (ADC)
17 Jul 1971 Assigned as combat aircraft, 83 Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Loring AFB ME (ADC)
17 Apr 1972 Assigned as combat aircraft, 95 Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Dover AFB DE (ADC)
6 Dec 1972 Assigned depot work, 4661 Material Squadron, Hamilton AFB CA (ADC)
15 Mar 1973 Assigned as combat aircraft, 177 Fighter Interceptor Group, Atlantic City ANGB NH (Air National Guard)
22 May 1978 Assigned as inactive (XS), Military Aircraft Storage Center, Davis-Monthan AFB AZ, Logistics Command
20 Oct 1992 to AEL Inc., East Alton IL for drone conversion
13 Jan 1993 to Holloman AFB NM then Tyndall AFB FL as QF-106A drone s/n AD218
20 Feb 1998 Flown in to Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover AFB, DE for display

1 Comment

  • SSGT Charles A Kirby

    DOVER AFB was my first active duty station after Tech School. So to see your F106 is a real honor. I was stationed with the 95TH FIS from March 1969 to August 1970. During this time the 95TH was sent TDY to Osan AB, Korea from Nov 1969 till May 1970 to fly missions over the north. I spent this time at Naha AB, Okinawa , because there was no hanger space at Osan. I left Dover in August 1970 to go to Vietnam, where I was stationed at Nha Trang AB. I spent the rest of my Air Force career working on C130s. But I will always have fond memories of my time at Dover AFB. I am a meusem member, although I have only been there once, which was a long time ago. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK…

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

All comments are reviewed before being posted.