F-106 DELTA DART

William Tell Weapons Meet

William Tell Weapons Meet

USAF Air-to-Air Weapons Meet

Tyndall AFB, Panama City, Florida
F-106 Participation 1961-1986

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The USAF World Wide Weapons Meet known as “William Tell” began In June 1954 as a separate air-to-air rocketry competition to the Third Annual USAF Fighter Gunnery and Weapons Meet held at Las Vegas AFB (later renamed Nellis AFB). This Interceptor Phase of the competition would be held at Yuma, AZ. The Air Defense Command and Air Training Command were the sole competitors of the first meet in 1954 and in 1956 the meet was unofficially named"William Tell" and expanded to include nine teams representing seven major Air Commands. This third meet was the last held in Arizona. Two years later, Tyndall AFB, Fla., became the home for the USAF Worldwide Air-to-Air Weapons Meet. The radio controlled Q-2A drone target and the PARAMI, anelectronic scoring system, made their first appearances during this meet and for the first time competitors were divided into three categories, one for eachaircraft participating. Twelve teams competed in the 1958 meet and among them was an Air National Guard unit competing for the first time. 1986 was the last William Tell the F-106 participated in.

'William Tell Weapons Meet' from 'The Interceptor' Magazine, 20th Anniversary Issue January 1979 [PDF]

'William Tell History 1950s - Present' by the McChord Air Museum, Tacoma WA

Table of Contents

460 FIS

1986 William Tell

F-106 units did not compete in WT86, WT84 was their last, but it did participate. The 119 FIS and 159 FIS were invited as range patrol aircraft and targets. Their aircraft were painted with a solid color tail as a Visual ID Target during some of the WT86 mission profiles. None of the ID Targets competed.

The tail color markings were actually not piant, but rather a press on material that was just pulled off after the meet. Range, umpire and manned profile target duties for profile three Hook and ID and Profile Four ECM targets. Non-live fire sorties. Evaluator missile sorties. The purpose of the coloring and notice different colors was so the interceptor pilot intercepting them had to correctly identify the color the particular aircraft was displaying prior to being cleared for an evaluator shot. ECM pods were carried on the left wing during the profile four missions where they were simulating cruise missiles and high speed ECM targets. Shown here with ACMI pods under the left wing for the benefit of ground computer recording displaying and controlling, during live sortie time. Entire battles were watched using ACMI (Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation). And since it was recorded, the actual pilots could come back and watch their engagements they had just previously fought. Very nice learning tool. Only several F-106's were modified to carry ECM pods on the left wing pylon. It was not a widespread mod. ACMI on the right wing became standard throughout the F-106 fleet in the late seventies for DACT engagements and was used where ACMI or ACMR (Air Combat Maneuvering Range) ranges were available. Also in 1986 the CF-18 entered in the competition for the first time with the Canadian team, finishing second overall behind a TAC F-15 Team.

TOP UNIT (OVERALL)
178 FIS - Hector IAP, ND (ANG)
F-4D

33 TFW - Eglin AFB, FL
F-15C

TOP GUN
Capt John Reed (Exercise Pilot)
CF-18A
425 SQ - CFB Bagotville, Canada

119 FIS: F-106A
F-106A 59-0023 retained 119 FIS Tail Flash markings.

F-106A 59-0049 retained 119 FIS Tail Flash markings.

159 FIS: F-106A
F-106A 59-0020 was tail-marked with a solid White color tail.

F-106A 58-0776 was tail-marked with a solid White color tail.

F-106A 59-0064 was tail-marked with a solid Red color tail.

F-106A 58-0782 was tail-marked with a solid Yellow color tail.

F-106A 58-0786 was tail-marked with a solid Yellow color tail.

1984 William Tell

William Tell 1984 was notable for a couple of reasons. This was the last year that F-106 equipped units competed,although in the next meet in 1986 the 'Six' still participated as TARGETS! This was also the introduction of the supersonic QF-100 full-scale unmanned target drone replacing not only the PQM-102's but also the sub-scale BQM-34 'Firebee'. 1984 was also the first year since 1963 that the Canadian Armed Forces did not send a team to compete. WilliamTell '84 comprised of 12 teams from 5 USAF commands or subordinate organizations. The only command to have problems deciding which units to send to Tyndall was Air Defence Tactical Air Command (ADTAC). With 17 ADTAC and ADTAC gained ANG Interceptor Squadron's to choose from and only 7 available places, the command decided to hold acompetition named the 'William Tell 84 Shootoff' to select the units to be sent to Tyndall. This comprised of a series of one day evaluations held during May 1984. Each unit's team comprised of 5 aircraft and crews (4 primary aircraft/crews plus 1 spare), maintenance/weapon loader personnel and a weapons controller team.The Weapons Controller Teams selected were from units that normally worked with the Squadron, in this case 24th NORAD, Griffiss AFB.

Winners

TOP UNIT (OVERALL)
  33 TFW - Eglin AFB, FL
  F-15C

TOP UNITS (BY AIRCRAFT)
  123 FIS - Portland IAP, OR (ANG)
  F-4C

  33 TFW - Eglin AFB, FL
  F-15C

  177 FIG, 119 FIS, Atlantic City, NJ (ANG)
  F-106A

TOP GUN ((BY AIRCRAFT)
  Capt. Scott C. Turner
  F-15C, 32 TFS
  Camp New Amsterdam, Netherlands

TOP GUN (OVERALL)
  Maj. Ron M. Moore
  Maj Bill C. Dejager
  F-4C, 123 FIS, Portland IAP, OR (ANG)

  Capt. Scott C. Turner
  F-15C, 32 TFS, Netherlands

  Maj. Lynn Robinson
  F-106A, 119 FIS, Atlantic City NJ

Participating Units

87 FIS: F-106A
56-0466, 57-0241, 59-0035, 59-0051, 59-0097
The 87th FIS were the only active duty F-106 operator competing in WT84 and this was the last time active duty 'Six's' would attend. A 'Red Bulls' F-106A 56-0466 taxis in after a mission.

101 FIS: F-106A
57-2467, 57-2493, 57-2503, 57-2505, 57-2506
This was the third time the 101st had competed in a William Tell, in 1978 they finished fourth, 1980 second was this third time lucky.F-106A 57-2505 would appear at Tyndall again but as a target, QF-106/AD204. It was shot down in 1993 by a AIM-7M.

119 FIS: F-106A
59-0027, 59-0031, 59-0037, 59-0048, 59-0049
The New Jersey ANG 177 FIG were destined to be last operational operators of the Delta Dart. F-106A 59-0048 would return to Tyndall, as most F-106'swould, under the 'Pacer Six' Drone conversion project. As QF-106/AD217 it crashed on landing on 5 November 1996.

1982 William Tell

In 1982 TAC officially changed the name of the meet to the USAF Air-to-Air Weapons Meet, which also now marked the return of the Pacific Air Forces and the USAFin Europe to the competition as well as the first appearance of the F-15 "Eagle". 

Winners

TOP UNIT
  57 FIS - NAS KEFLAVIK, ICELAND
  F-4E

  18TH TFW - KADENA AB, JAPAN (PACAF)
  F-15C

  409 SQ - COMOX, BC CANADA (CAF)
  CF-101B

  49 FIS - GRIFFISS AFB, NY
  F-106A

TOP GUN (OVERALL)
  LT. COL JERE WALLACE F-15C
  18 TFW - KADENA AB, JAPAN (PACAF)

TOP GUNS (BY AIRCRAFT)
  CAPT. TOM WATSON F-4E
  CAPT. DAVE PFEIFER
  57 FIS - NAS KEFLAVIK, ICELAND

  LT. COL JERE WALLACE F-15C
  18 TFW - KADENA AB, JAPAN (PACAF)

  MAJ. BOB WORBETS CF-101B
  CAPT. BILL RICKETTS
  409 SQ - COMOX, BC CANADA (CAF)

  LT. COL. ROBERT BOEHRINGER F-106A
  194 FIS - FRESNO ANGB, CA (ANG) 

Participating Units

87 FIS: F-106A 
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318 FIS: F-106A
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194 FIS: F-106A
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ADWC: F-106B 
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49 FIS: F-106A
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159 FIS: F-106A
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186 FIS: F-106A
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Links

Photo Gallery WT82

William Tell 1982 Teams & Participants [4mb pdf]
Courtesy CMSgt Jim May, USAF (Ret) Mar 2014

318 FIS WT82 Team TDY Orders
Courtesy CMSgt Jim May, USAF (Ret) Mar 2014

1980 William Tell

1980 was the first TAC-sponsored meet and included 10 teams from active duty F-4 and F-106 units, ANG F-4, F-106 and F-101 units, and a Canadian Forces CF-101 unit. 

Winners

TOP UNIT
  347 TFW - MOODY AFB, GA (TAC)
    F-4E

  111 FIS - ELLINGTON AFB, TX (ANG)
    F-101B

  194 FIS - FRESNO ANGB, CA (ANG)
    F-106A

TOP GUN
  LT. COL. MAURICE UDELL
  MAJ. DAVID S. MILLER
    F-101B
    111 FIS - ELLINGTON AFB, TX (ANG)

Participating Units

5 FIS
90002, 90003, 90005, 90006, 90025

49 FIS
90079, 90080, 90081, 90082, 90083

101 FIS
72475 (07), 72494 (11), 72499 (13), 72503 (15), 72506 (18), 72521 (01), 72522 (19)

194 FIS
80780, 80782, 80783, 80784, 90038

87 FIS
70235, 90086, 90090, 90096

159 FIS
72533 (02)

ADWC
70232,70245,90092,90119,72508,72510,72512,72536,72541,72543,80901,80903,90150,90151,90159   

1978 William Tell

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Winners

TOP UNIT
  86 TFW-RAMSTEIN AB, GERMANY (USAFE)
    F-4E

  111 FIS - ELLINGTON AFB, TX (ANG)
    F-101B

  49 FIS - GRIFFISS AFB, NY
    F-106A

TOP GUN
  CAPT EARL G. ROBERTSON CF-101B
  CAPT. BRIAN J. SALMON
  CANADIAN FORCES COMPOSITE GROUP 

Participating Units

101 FIS

186 FIS


48 FIS


49 FIS

1976 William Tell

In 1976 the F-4 Phantom II made its first appearance in the meet and was the first Team sent by the Tactical Air Command (TAC). With the reorganization of air defense forces in 1979, TAC assumed sponsorship for William Tell. 

Winners

TOP UNIT
  4 TFW-SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB, NC (TAC)
    F-4E

  123 FIS - PORTLAND IAP, OR (ANG)
    F-101B

  186 FIS - GREAT FALLS, MT
    F-106A

TOP GUN
  MAJ. BRADFORD A. NEWELL F-101B
  LT.COL DONALD R. TONOLE
  123 FIS - PORTLAND IAP, OR (ANG)  

Participating Units


1974 William Tell

The 1974 composition saw the Air National Guard teams take first place in three major categories and in 1976, the ANG continued its winning streak in two of the three. 

Winners

TOP UNIT
  102 FIS - BANGOR IAP, ME (ANG)
    F-101B

  190 FIS - BOISE AIR TERMINAL, ID
    F-102A

  186 FIS - GREAT FALLS, MT
    F-106A

TOP GUN
  MAJ. RALPH D. TOWNSEND F-102A
  190 FIS - BOISE AIR TERMINAL, ID

Participating Units


1972 William Tell

The William Tell competition in 1972 was held at Tyndall AFB in Florida. There were twelve teams competing in total: three F-101 Voodoo teams, three F-102 Delta Dagger teams, and six F-106 Delta Dart teams. 1972 was when the first "Top Gun" award was awarded and introduction of the subsonic BQM-34A Firebee target drone into the competition. It was won by a Canadian team from the first French-Canadian fighter squadron, the 425 All Weather Fighter Squadron "Les Alouettes". The recipients were Capt. Lowell Butters (Pilot) and Capt. Douglas Danko (Navigator). They were flying the CF-101B Voodoo. Air University Review, May–June 1971 

Winners

TOP UNIT (OVERALL)
  178 FIS - HECTOR IAP , N.D. (ANG)
    F-101B

  176 FIS - TRUAX FLD, WI
    F-102A

  460 FIS - GRAND FORKS AFB, N.D.
    F-106A

TOP GUN
  Capt. Lowell Butters CF-101B
  CAPT. DOUGLAS DANKO
  425 (AW) FS - CFB BAGOTVILLE QUEBEC,   CANADA (CAF)

Participating Units

318 FIS

460 FIS


5 FIS


87 FIS


95 FIS


Air Defense Weapons Center (ADWC)

1970 William Tell

In 1970 William Tell resumed at Tyndall AFB with nine teams competing, 5 years after the 1965 meet due to the Vietnam War. 

Winners

TOP UNIT
  178 FIS HECTOR IAP , N.D. (ANG)
    F-101B

  148 FIS, DULUTH IAP, MN (ANG)
    F-102A

  71 FIS - MALSTROM AFB, MT
    F-106A

TOP GUN
  CAPT. JAMES REIMERS F-101B
  CAPT. ARTHUR JACOBSON
  178 FIS HECTOR IAP , N.D. (ANG)

Participating Units


1965 William Tell

William Tell 1965 was the largest in history with 16 teams and four categories. Canada became the first foreign country toparticipate and entered with the CF-101 Voodoo's. The focus was on preparatory training, aerial intercepts,judging, scoring, reviews participating teams, aircraft, weapons and targets

Winners

TOP UNIT
  62 FIS - K.I. SAWYER AFB, MI
    F-101B

  32 FIS - SOESTERBERG AB NETHERLANDS
    F-102A

  71 FIS - SELFRIDGE AFB, MI
    F-106A

TOP GUN
  CAPT. D.E. LIBBIY F-101B
  CAPT. L.R. LIVINGSTON
  62 FIS - K.I. SAWYER AFB, MI

  CAPT. J. McMICHAEL F-102A
  326 FIS - RICHARDS-GEBAUR AFB MO

  CAPT. J.D. DUNN F-104A
  319 FIS - HOMESTEAD AFB, FL

  LT. COL. GLEENDON DUNNAWAY F-106A
  71 FIS - SELFRIDGE AFB, MI 

Participating Units

71 FIS

5 FIS


456 FIS


318 FIS

1963 William Tell

Winners

TOP UNIT
  445 FIS - WURTSMITH AFB, MI
    F-101B

  146 FIS, GREATER PITTSBURGH IAP, PA
    F-102A

  318 FIS - McCHORD AFB, WA
    F-106A

TOP GUN
  LT COL. JOE W. ROGERS F-102A
  317 FIS - ELMENDORF AFB, AK

Participating Units


1961 William Tell

In 1961 the F-106, one of three jets specifically designed for protecting North America, appeared on the flight line; F-102 Delta Dagger, F-106 Delta Dart and F-101 Voodoo. 

Winners

TOP UNIT
  445 FIS - WURTSMITH AFB, MI
    F-101B

  59 FIS - GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR, CANADA
    F-102A

  456 FIS - CASTLE AFB, CA
    F-106A

TOP GUN
  LT. COL. FRANK R. JONES F-86D
  59 FIS - GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR, CANADA

Participating Units

456 FIS 

11 FIS

Firebee RPV Drone Target

The 1972 meet was the year of the first introduction of the subsonic BQM-34A Firebee target drone into the competition

F-106 Delta Dart 101 FIS

1961 William Tell

In 1961 the F-106, one of three jets specifically designed for protecting North America, appeared on the flight line; F-102 Delta Dagger, F-106 Delta Dart and F-101 Voodoo.