Welcome to F-106DeltaDart.com! I started this website in 1998 as a placeholder of my personal memories working as a crew chief on the F-106 while assigned to the 87 FIS Red Bulls, K.I. Sawyer AFB, MI and the 318 FIS Green Dragons from McChord AFB, WA at our Det 1 Alert facility at Castle AFB, CA. Over the years the site has turned into an association dedicated to preserving the history, lineage and memory of everything related to the Convair F-106 Delta Dart, The Ultimate Interceptor, last of the USAF 'Century Series Fighters'. Now commonly referred to as an encyclopedia of the F-106, it is supported by a large ever growing “Six” community of pilots, maintainers, support personnel and aviation enthusiasts sharing experiences of this legendary World Speed Record holding jet aircraft. We are always looking for content to include - anything F-106 related! If you have anything you would like to share or donate please Contact Us. ENJOY -- Patrick J. McGee, USAF (Ret)
Still serving on display
Surviving Delta Dart air frames include museum displays, a front fuselage/cockpit being renovated for operational display, and one Six still in AMARG
Fuselage Buzz Numbers
In the years immediately following World War 2, many USAAF/USAF aircraft used markings that would make it possible to identify low-flying aircraft from the ground. This was intended to discourage the unsafe practice of pilots of high-performance aircraft making low passes (colloquially known as "buzzing") over ground points. Consequently, these numbers came to be known as buzz numbers.
The system used two letters and three numbers, painted as large as practically feasible on each side of the fuselage and on the underside of the left wing. The two letter code identified the type and model of the aircraft, and the three digits consisted of the last three numbers of the serial number. For example, all fighters were identified by the letter P (later changed to F), and the second letter identified the fighter type. For example, the buzz number code for the F-102 Delta Dagger was FC and the F-106 was FE. On occasion, two planes of the same type and model would have the same last three digits in their serial numbers. When this happened, the two aircraft were distinguished by adding the suffix letter A to the buzz number of the later aircraft, preceded by a dash.
The Century Series fighters are a group of 6 US production fighter jets that were numbered F-100, F-101, F-102, F-104, F-105 and F-106. Although these were considered "2nd Generation" fighters, sharing common technology, the basis for this club was actually the "hundreds" numbering. With that said, the 2nd generation was not limited to just the Century Series aircraft.
The 2nd Generation generally spans an era from the mid-1950's to the mid-1960's that military fighter jets made a leap in technical advancements including engine design, aerodynamics, metallurgy, electronics and weapons systems. Although there is not a specific outline, 2nd generation aircraft generally could maintain speeds over Mach 1 in level flight. Swept wings became the norm and delta wings came into play with their Area Rule 'coke bottle' shaped fuselages reducing drag. Traditional guns became uncommon and were replaced by air-to-air missiles, some with nuclear tips.