RIDING WITH THE ‘JERSEY DEVILS’

PHOTO REPORT// F-106

The ‘Century Series’ fighters flew during a golden era of US military aviation. It was a time of huge variety and plentiful airframes amid the Cold War stand-off. Lindsay Peacock looks back at the Convair F-106 Delta Dart, and a very special encounter with this magnificent thoroughbred.

Photographed over the New Jersey coastline on October 14, 1983, 119th FIS F-106A serial 59-0007 returns to base at Atlantic City.
This F-106A was photographed in October 1980 and was assigned to the Air Defense Weapons Center (ADWC) at Tyndall AFB, Florida.

THE LAST OF the celebrated ‘Century Series’ fighters to enter operational service with the US Air Force, many people — myself included — considered the F-106 Delta Dart to be far and away the most elegant of this remarkable collection of fighter aircraft, as well as being Convair’s finest achievement. Aesthetically, few can deny that the ‘Six’ was a good looker, lacking the blemishes of the earlier F-102 Delta Dagger from which it evolved, with significant advances in both structure and systems.

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