Convair F-106A Delta Dart The F-106 all-weather interceptor was developed from the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. Originally designated F-102B, it was redesignated F-106 because it had extensive structural changes and a more powerful engine. The first F-106A flew on December 26, 1956, and deliveries to the Air Force began in July 1959. Production ended in late 1960 after 277 F-106As and 63 F-106Bs had been built. The F-106 used a Hughes MA-1 electronic guidance and fire control system. After takeoff, the MA-1 can be given control of the aircraft to fly it to the proper altitude and attack position. Then it can fire the Genie and Falcon missiles, break off the attack run and return the aircraft to the vicinity of its base. The pilot takes control again for the landing. The aircraft on display was involved in an unusual incident. During a training mission from Malmstrom Air Force Base on Feb. 2, 1970, it suddenly entered an uncontrollable flat spin forcing the pilot to eject. Unpiloted, the aircraft recovered on its own, apparently due to the balance and configuration changes caused by the ejection, and miraculously made a gentle belly landing in a snow-covered field near Big Sandy, Mont. After minor repairs, the aircraft was returned to service. It last served with the 49th Fighter Interceptor Squadron before being brought to the museum in August 1986. TECHNICAL NOTES: Armament: One AIR-2A Genie air-to-air nuclear missile plus four AIM-4 Falcon air-to-air missiles Engine: One Pratt & Whitney J75-P-17 of 24,500 lbs. thrust with afterburner Crew: One Maximum speed: 1,525 mph Cruising speed: 650 mph Range: 1,500 statute miles Ceiling: 53,000 ft. Span: 38 ft. 4 in. Length: 70 ft. 9 in. Height: 20 ft. 4 in. Serial number: 58-0787 Click here to return to the Cold War Gallery. Find Out More Related Fact Sheets Convair F-102A Delta Dagger McDonnell Douglas Air-2A Genie Rocket Hughes AIM-4F Super Falcon Air-to-Air Missile Videos Cornfield Bomber (00:03:21) Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.