F-106 DELTA DART

F-106 Delta Dart Units

Units That Flew the F-106

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The first F-106A's were delivered to the Air Force on May 1, 1959 to the Air Defense Command's 539th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at McGuire AFB in New Jersey, replacing the F-86L. The first operational unit to fly the F-106 was the 498th FIS at Geiger AFB in Washington on 29 May 1959, no less than five years later than originally planned. Even then, numerous problems kept the Delta Dart from being declared fully operational for another 5 months until October 31, 1959. The remaining squadrons were re-equipped with the F-106A by the end of 1960.

ADC squadrons began converting from their previous air frames of F-102's and F-86L's to the F-106 at about 1 squadron per month beginning that May 1959.  Challenges were great!  There were no F-106B models available to squadrons for one to two months AFTER the A models arrived, making pilot checkout difficult.  The MA-1 Technical School at Lowery AFB, CO was nearly a year long, making it difficult to acquire qualified skilled MA-1 technicians early on.  And the MA-1 AGE equipment was extremely complex, more-so than the previous motor-pool maintenance personnel were used to working with.

The first Air National Guard unit to receive the F-106 was the 186th FIS of the Montana ANG, based at Great Falls, which took delivery of its first planes on April 3, 1972.  Six ANG units flew the F-106 on Air Defense Command mission.

The last Delta Dart-equipped squadron, the 119th FIS at Atlantic City, New Jersey flew its final alert duty on July 7, 1988 and was the last ANG units to fly the Delta Dart, which sent its last plane to AMARC (the dreaded Boneyard in AZ) in August of 1988.

The Original F-106 Squadrons: 1959 Squadron Conversions
539th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
498th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
456th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
27th Fighter Interceptor Squadron


The 1960 F-106 Squadron Conversions

319th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
94th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
438th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
11th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
329th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
71st Fighter Interceptor Squadron

Later Units - After 1960
2nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron
83rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron
319th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
437th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
460th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
49th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
84th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

Air National Guard Units - After 1970
186th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 120 FIG
101st Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 102 FIW
119th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 177 FIG
171st Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 191 FIG
194th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 144 FIW
159th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 125 FIG

ALPHA CALL SIGNS

Unit Alpha Call Sign
2
5 Yankee Kilo
11 Hotel Lima
27
48 Mike Golf
49 Kilo Hotel
71 Alpha November
71 Yankee Kilo
84 Alfa Hotel
84 Hotel Romeo
87 Lima Hotel
95 Echo Lima
95 Echo Lima
101 Alpha Kilo
119
144 Papa November
171 Juliet LIma
186 November Lima
318 Lima Kilo
319 Victor Papa
329 Alpha Lima
437 Uniform Hotel
438 Kilo Hotel
456 Uniform Hotel
460 Uniform Hotel
498 Alpha Hotel
ADWC Golf Papa