Exhibits and Planes

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), 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.

Assignment History

F-106 Delta Dart — S/N: 59-0023
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

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