World's Fastest Single-Engine Jet Aircraft: The Story of Convair's F-106 Delta Dart Interceptor

World's Fastest Single-Engine Jet Aircraft: The Story of Convair's F-106 Delta Dart Interceptor

by Col. Doug Barbier


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World's Fastest Single-Engine Jet Aircraft: The Story of Convair's F-106 Delta Dart Interceptor by Col. Doug Barbier

Developed for the Air Force in the early 1950s as a next-generation interceptor following Convair's pioneering delta-wing F-102, the F-106 excelled in every aspect of the Air Defense Command mission. With its advanced Hughes radar system, Falcon air-to-air missiles, and a top speed in excess of Mach 2, the Delta Dart became known as "the ultimate interceptor," able to scramble, launch, find its targets, and blow them out of the sky. The 'Dart was also the lightest-weight aircraft ever powered by a Pratt & Whitney J75 turbojet.

This book provides an insightful and in-depth look at the sixth member of the Air Force "Century Series" family of supersonic fighters. From initial concept through early flight test and development and into operational service, every facet of the F-106's career is examined and explained in comprehensive, yet easy-to-read text. All USAF Air Defense Command units that operated F-106s are covered, and aircraft markings and color schemes are included as well.

The Convair F-106 remains to this day as one of the most successful military aircraft ever built. This book now gives the reader a thorough and meticulous reference source on the F-106 using excellent photographs and technical illustrations to tell the story of this history-making aircraft, while also providing valuable detailed information for modelers and historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580072373
Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/15/2017
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 551,341
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Col. Doug Barbier grew up to the sound of F-106s flying out of Selfridge AFB, MI, where a visit on Armed Forces Day 1962 began a lifelong interest in the jet. A U.S. Air Force Command Pilot with more than 3,500 flight hours, he flew the Lockheed T-33, the supersonic Northrop T-38, and logged more than 1,000 hours in the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II. Barbier finished his military career flying the F-16, spending many hours sitting Air Defense alert, and making three intercepts of Soviet Tu-95 Bears along the way. After retiring from the Air Force, he flew for a major airline for twenty years. Barbier has had over 200 photographs published worldwide, and this is his first full-length feature book.

Table of Contents

About the Author
Author Preface

Chapter One: Birth of the F-102B
Chapter Two: Early Development
Chapter Three: Flight Testing the New Interceptor
Chapter Four: The F-106 Aircraft
Chapter Five: MA-1 and AGE
Chapter Six: Weapons for the Six
Chapter Seven: Continued Flight and Weapons Testing
Chapter Eight: Design Studies and Proposed F-106 Variants
Chapter Nine: Into Squadron Service: Failures and Fixes
Chapter Ten: Ejection Seats for the Six
Chapter Eleven: Early Projects
Chapter Twelve: The Cuban Crisis and Alert
Chapter Thirteen: Interceptor Improvement Programs
Chapter Fourteen: Mobility and Deployments Begin
Chapter Fifteen: Worldwide Deployment for the Six: Korea
Chapter Sixteen: The Six Gets a Gun
Chapter Seventeen: The Original F-106 Squadrons: 1959 Conversions
Chapter Eighteen: F-106 Squadrons: 1960 Conversions
Chapter Nineteen: Later Units
Chapter Twenty: Tyndall and F-106 Markings
Chapter Twenty-One: Exercises and Competitions
Chapter Twenty-Two: NASA and Final Duty
Chapter Twenty-Three: A Warrior’s Death

Appendix One: F-106 Contracts
Appendix Two: F-106 Model Numbers and Differences
Appendix Three: The First 50 Sixes
Appendix Four: Prototype F-106 Test Aircraft Assignments
Appendix Five: F-106 Survivors

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