LOOK INSIDE – The Convair F-106 – “Delta Dart”

F106_FeatureWARBIRD RADIO – The Convair F-106 (“A” model shown) was the last of the true “interceptor” aircraft of the United States Air Force. The Delta Dart served from the 1960’s until the 1980’s.  After that it saw limited service as the QF-106 drone and was used until 1998.  The subject for our photo tour is currently on display at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia.

For more info on the F-106 or the Museum of Aviation simply click on the Quick Link posted below.

QUICK LINK:  The Museum of Aviation

Photo Tour

F-106 “A” General characteristics

* Crew: 1
* Length: 70.7 ft (21.55 m)
* Wingspan: 38.25 ft (11.67 m)
* Height: 20.28 ft (6.18 m)
* Wing area: 661.5ft/61.52m (Original Wing) or 695 ft/64.57m (Conically-Cambered Wing) ()
* Airfoil: NACA 0004-65 mod root and tip
* Empty weight: 24,420 lb (11,077 kg)
* Loaded weight: 34,510 lb (15,670 kg)
* Powerplant: 1— Pratt & Whitney J75-17 after burning turbojet, 24,500 lbf (109 kN)
* * Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0083
* Drag area: 5.8 ft (0.54 m)
* Aspect ratio: 2.10

Performance

* Maximum speed: Mach 2.3 (1,525 mph, 2,455 km/h)
* Range: 1,800 mi (1,600 nm, 2,900 km) combat
* Ferry range: 2,700 mi (2,300 nm, 4,300 km)
* Service ceiling: 57,000 ft (17,000 m)
* Rate of climb: 29,000 ft/min (150 m/s)
* Wing loading: 52 lb/ft (255 kg/m)
* Thrust/weight: 0.71
* Lift-to-drag ratio: 12.1
* Time to altitude: 6.9 min to 52,700 ft (16,065 m)

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