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Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Convair F-106 Delta Dart
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1 x 24,500 lbs.
24,420 lbs.
35,000 lbs.
1,440 U.S. gals.
70' 9"
38' 4"
1 x 20 mm
6,000 lbs.
650 mph
1,525 mph
42,800 fpm
57,000 feet
1,800 miles

A Convair F-106 Delta Dart piloted by Maj. Joseph Rogers set the world speed record for a single engine aircraft of 1,525.95 mph. on Dec. 15, 1959.

It was the last aircraft built as a pure interceptor for the United States Air Force. They served from 1959 through 1988.

The Convair F-106 Delta Dart began life as an improved F-102. It is easy to see the resemblance between the two aircraft.

The aircraft had so many changes from the original design, including a more powerful engine, both larger fuselage and wings, that it was given a separate designation as the F-106 Delta Dart.

Interestingly, the additional power of the new engine did not yield an associated improvement in top speed at first. Flight engineers in the 1950's were still pondering the aerodynamics of supersonic flight. It was eventually discovered that where the wings joined the aircraft fuselage was responsible for a great deal of drag at supersonic speeds.

When the fuselage of the aircraft was narrowed where it joined the wings, the aircraft lived up to its full performance potential. Eventually it became the main interceptor aircraft of the U.S. Air Force.

A unique feature of the interceptor was a radio link that enabled the aircraft to be guided from the ground to intercept enemy aircraft by computer. This was designated the Hughes MA-1. The system never achieved its promised potential and had limited usage.

Although many though the Convair F-106 Delta Dart was superior in maneuverability to other aircraft of the time, it was not used in Vietnam, and never saw any combat.

Throughout its long service life, the aircraft was constantly being improved with updated avionics, targeting, and weapons systems. Eventually the aircraft were fitted with a canopy that allowed greater all around visibility. Other upgrades included the addition of mid-air refueling capabilities.

A total of 342 Convair F-106 Delta Dart aircraft of all types were produced. There are 21 of the aircraft on static display throughout the United States.

Convair F-106 Delta Dart by Don Savage.

Pictured above is the Convair F-106 Delta Dart scratch built by Don Savage. Balsa and lite ply make up the construction materials. Wingspan is 28" and length is 49 1/2". Don uses a Kyosho AP-29L motor driving a Wemotec Minifan 480 for power.

In the first picture below is the Convair F-106 Delta Dart that was for sale from Usher Tool.  It has a 51" wingspan with a length of 90" and weighs around 24 lbs.  A 12 - 18 lb. thrust turbine engine can power the airplane.

For those looking for Convair F-106 Delta Dart plans, check out Parkjets.com. Theirs plans feature foam construction and a pusher prop. Wingspan is 33" with a length of 43". It is in the second picture below.

The third picture down is the great looking Convair F-106 Delta Dart by Richard Fong. We know that it is 1/9 scale, but do not have the wingspan, length, or type of engine used to power it. If you do, please contact us.

Pictured at the bottom of the page is the Convair F-106 Delta Dart profile pusher prop model built by jgmtens of RC Groups. It has a 22" wingspan, weighs about 10 oz. and is driven by a Himax motor.

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Convair F-106 Delta Dart - Usher Tool.

Convair F-106 Delta Dart - Parkjets plans.

Convair F-106 Delta Dart - Richard Fong.

RC Groups jgmtens Convair F-106 Delta Dart.

You Tube has a video posted by mcgeepj2 of a Convair F-106 Delta Dart.

Dan Savage posted about his Convair F-106 Delta Dart at RC Groups.

MattinAz of RC Groups mentions his Convair F-106 Delta Dart in a posting.

GregG of RC Groups mentions building a Convair F-106 Delta Dart.

At RC Universe f106jax posted about completing the construction of his Convair F-106 Delta Dart.

At RC Universe neuroza wanted help in determining the c/g of a Convair F-106 Delta Dart.

At RC Universe proptop mentions the Convair F-106 Delta Dart.

At RC Universe 1930wl posted a link to a Convair F-106 Delta Dart site.