The principal mission of the F-106B is to function as a pilot proficiency trainer while maintaining full tactical capabilities for the interception and destruction of hostile aircraft and missiles. The F-106B has all-weather and day or night characteristics.
The airplane incorporates a delta wing with a cambered leading edge extending from wing root to wing tip and swept tail surface. Control surfaces are power operated. The airplane has the capability for air refueling from flying boom equipped tankers.
The armament is located in a bay in the bottom of the fuselage. The AIM-4 missiles are extended below this section for firing and the AIR-2A rocket is ejected from the bay by an explosive charge. Firing of the armament is either manual or automatic. The components of the AN/ASQ-25 (MA-1 equivalent) Aircraft and Weapons Control System provides automatic radar searching and tracking, directs the airplane on a lead-collision attack and automatically fires the armament.
External fuel tanks can be added to increase range. The tanks can be refueled in flight and need not be jettisoned for combat since they do not restrict airplane speed or load factor when empty.
Improved F-102; was F-102B
Note: All Block 1 F-106As (F-106A-1-CO S/N 56-451/467 and 57-229/246) were improved during their service life and redesignated F-106A-31-CO. Most Block 31 F-106Bs (F-106B-31-CO S/N 57-2508/2515) were improved during their service life and redesignated F-106B-81-CO.
TECHNICAL NOTES: Armament: One AIR-2A air-to-air nuclear missile and four AIM-4 air-to-air missiles Engine: One Pratt & Whitney J75-P-17 of 24,500 lbs. thrust (with afterburner) Maximum speed: 1,153 knots at 35,000 ft., maximum power Combat speed: 588 knots at 50,600 ft., maximum power Ferry range: 977 nautical miles with 1,450 gal. fuel load at 516 knots avg. in 1.82 hours at 36,129 lbs. takeoff weight; 1,600 nm. with two 360 ext. tanks Service ceiling: 51,200 ft. point intercept mission, at 100 fpm. climb, take-off weight, maximum power Span: 38.3 ft. Length: 70.9 ft. including nose boom Height: 20.3 ft. Weight: 37,522 lbs. maximum take-off weight; 42,720 lbs. with external tanks Crew: Two