Historic Aviation Quiz: The Convair F-106 Delta Dart

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Question 1 of 10

It’s well known that the F-106 flew for the first time from from Edwards Air Force Base on Boxing Day 1956, but who was on the cockpit?

Historic Quiz 1

Scott Crossfield
Alvin ‘Tex’ Johnston
Neil Armstrong
Richard Lowe Johnson

Question 2 of 10

In what year did the F-106 become operational with the United States Air Force?

Historic Quiz 2

 

1972
1959
It never became operational
1965

Question 3 of 10

True or False: The USAF were the sole operator of the F-106?

True
False
X
X

Question 4 of 10

Which USAF unit was the first to take delivery of the F-106 on May 1, 1959?

Historic Quiz 3

539th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron ‘World's Finest’
171st Fighter Interceptor Squadron ‘Michigan Six Pack’
437th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron 'Fighting 437th'
27th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron ‘Fighting Eagles’

Question 5 of 10

The first two-seat F-106B made its maiden flight on April 9, 1958, and achieved initial operational status in July 1960 – but how many examples were rolled out?

Historic Quiz 4

146
254
14
63

Question 6 of 10

True or False: Although the F-106 was retired from use in 1988, the type was considered for use as a reusable first stage of a Satellite Launch Vehicle well into the 2000s?

True
False
X
X

Question 7 of 10

How many examples of the F-106 were converted into QF-06A target drones under the Pacer Six Program during the late 1980s?

Historic Quiz 5

12
263
194
41

Question 8 of 10

Between 1980 and 1986, a F-106B (N816NA 'NASA 816') was was modified for the purpose of lightning strike research. Struck 714 times without damage, what was it nicknamed?

Historic Quiz 6

'Electric Delta'
'Thunderbird'
'Bolt'
'Lightning Strike Plane'

Question 9 of 10

On what date did the F-106 last take to the skies?

Historic Quiz 7

NASA still operate an example
May 1, 1998
December 26, 1980
July 12, 2005

Question 10 of 10

During its long service life, the F-106A had the distinction of recording the lowest single-engined aircraft accident record in USAF history – how many examples were lost?

12
167
112
56

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