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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Message par H.d.C. le Ven 03 Sep 2010, 07:11

The F-4 had a higher thrust/weight ratio, superior climb performance, and better high speed/low-altitude maneuverability, and could be used as a fighter bomber.

Air combat experience over Vietnam showed the need for increased pilot visibility and the utility of a built-in gun, which had been added to the "E" variant of USAF Phantoms.

Some F-106As were upgraded in Project Six Shooter in 1972, fitted with a new bubble canopy without the metal bracing along the top (which greatly improved pilot visibility), an optical gunsight, and provision for a single M61 Vulcan 20 mm cannon with 650 rounds of ammunition in the center weapons bay, replacing the AIM-26 Super Falcon or Genie.
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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Message par H.d.C. le Ven 03 Sep 2010, 07:12

The F-15A started replacing the F-106 in 1981, with the "Sixes" typically passed on to Air National Guard units.

The F-106 remained in service in various USAF and ANG units until 1988.
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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Message par H.d.C. le Ven 03 Sep 2010, 07:13

Starting in 1986, many of the surviving aircraft were converted into drones, designated QF-106A, and used for target practice.

The last was destroyed in January 1998.

The drones were still capable of being flown as manned aircraft, such as for ferrying to a test; during the test they were flown unmanned.

A handful of F-106s were retained by NASA for test purposes through 1998.
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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Message par H.d.C. le Ven 03 Sep 2010, 07:14

Variants

* F-102B : The original designation of the F-106A. Fitted with the MA-1 Integrated Fire Control System with SAGE datalink, J-75 afterburning turbojet, enlarged intake, variable geometry inlet ramps and shortened intake ducts, refined fuselage shape, modified wings and redesigned tailfin; tailpipe fitted with a device to reduce the tendency of the jet exhaust to blow unsecured objects around while taxiing, yet allowing virtually maximum performance at high thrust settings including afterburner.
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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Message par H.d.C. le Ven 03 Sep 2010, 07:15

An air-to-air right front view of a 177th Fighter Interceptor Group F-106B Delta Dart aircraft during Exercise AMALGHAM CHIEF '87-1.

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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* Performance was deemed unsatisfactory and modifications were made.

Weapons configurations (projected)

2 x AIM-4 Falcon, 2 x AIM-4 Falcon, and 2 x AIM-4 Falcon or
2 x AIM-4 Falcon, 2 x AIM-26 Super-Falcon[19], and 2 x AIM-4 Falcon or
2 x AIM-4 Falcon, 1 x AIM-26 Super-Falcon, 1 x AIM-4[20], and 2 x AIM-4 Falcon or
2 x AIM-4 Falcon, 1 x AIR-2A Genie, 2 x AIM-4 Falcon

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Message par H.d.C. le Ven 03 Sep 2010, 07:24

NASA's seven original astronauts were all experienced test pilots. Posed in front of a Convair F-106, they are (left to right): Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton.

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Message par H.d.C. le Ven 03 Sep 2010, 07:24

F-106A : Modified F-106 with improved performance.
Maximum speed at least Mach 2.5, with some estimates as high as Mach 2.85 in level flight.
The aircraft was capable of low supersonic speeds without afterburner (but with a significant range penalty) and had a maximum altitude at least 57,000 ft.

Many were fitted with a conically-cambered wing for improved takeoff, supersonic and high-altitude flight.

To improve the aircraft's range the aircraft was fitted with two streamlined external supersonic tanks that still kept the aircraft capable of sustained roll rates of 100 degrees per second.
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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Message par H.d.C. le Ven 03 Sep 2010, 07:26

* Since these tanks produced virtually no significant performance degradation they were rarely jettisoned and were routinely carried around.

After 1972, many F-106s were refitted with a new canopy featuring improved visibility, improved optic sights and provision for a gunpack in the center weapons bay.

Weapons configurations
2 x AIM-4 Falcon, 2 x AIM-4 Falcon, and 2x AIM-4 Falcon or
2 x AIM-4 Falcon, 2 x AIM-26 Super-Falcon, and 2 x AIM-4 Falcon or
2 x AIM-4 Falcon, 1 x AIM-26 Super-Falcon, 1 x AIM-4 Falcon, and 2 x AIM-4 Falcon or
2 x AIM-4 Falcon, 1 x AIR-2A or AIR-2B Genie, and 2 x AIM-4 Falcon
2 x AIM-4 Falcon, 1 x M61 gunpack with 650 rounds, and 2 x AIM-4 Falcon

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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* F-106B : Two-seat, combat-capable training version. Pilot and instructor are seated in tandem. Due to the extra seat, the fuselage is actually better area ruled; combined with a likely reduction in weight.[21]

Weapons configurations same as F-106A.

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Message par H.d.C. le Ven 03 Sep 2010, 07:59

NF-106B :

This designation was given to two F-106Bs used as test aircraft with NASA and associated research facilities from 1966 to 1991.
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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Message par H.d.C. le Ven 03 Sep 2010, 08:05

F-106C :
Unbuilt version. Aircraft was intended to have the AN/ASG-18 radar and fire control system fitted originally developed for the XF-108 Rapier. For its time, it was the largest radar to ever be fitted to a fighter, actually requiring hydraulic actuators to turn the antenna.

To accommodate this larger radar system, the nose cone was longer and of greater diameter. The design featured an improved raised canopy design featuring better visibility, canards and lengthened rectangular inlet ducts.

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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Re: Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Message par H.d.C. le Ven 03 Sep 2010, 08:08

The aircraft was to be capable of carrying one GAR-9/AIM-47A in its center bay and one AIM-26A in each side bay.
At one time, the US Air Force had considered acquiring 350 of these advanced interceptors, but the F-106C/D project was cancelled on 23 September 1958.
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