Yes, it seems to be the explanation of my original picture. Nice find.hesham said:
Not so. Just checked and it's only the F-106A and F-106B. No extras...elmayerle said:ISTR that the Detail and Scale book on the F-106 included details on the F-106C/D and E/F efforts as well as a study on fitting the F-15's radar and fire control.
If'n ya want the drawings of the Advanced F-106 and the Sky Scorcher, yer just gonna have to go look at my blog. Ya mooches.A 1956 concept for a derivative/modification of the Convair F-106, equipped with canards, entirely new inlets, a noticably larger nose (housing a larger 40" radar), an infra-red seeker at the top of the vertical fin and a weapons load of a single massive Convair "Sky Scorcher" missile. The idea seems to have been that the Soviets would sends waves of supersonic bombers tightly packed into groups which could be blasted out of the sky with two-megaton-yield nuclear air-to-air missiles.
Not much seems to be publicly known about the "Sky Scorcher." The drawing below depicting the missile may or may not be accurate in the details... no fins are shown, so either the depiction is vague and handwavy, or steering was accomplished by means of thrust vectoring or movable flaps on the aft conical flare. Also unclear is whether the missile was guided or not... normally you'd think that an air-to-air missiles, especially one witha nuclear warhead, would be guided to the target, but the one nuclear air-to-air missile that the US did field (the AIR-2 "Genie") was unguided. When you're chucking megaton nukes into large flocks of bombers, I guess precision isn't important.
The Sky Scorcher was a substantial missile. Weighing 3400 pounds, when launched at Mach 2/55,000 feet it could cover its 125 mile range in 200 seconds. For continental defence, a force of 80 Advanced F-106's would lob 14 Sky Scorcher missiles into the incoming waves of Soviet supersonic bombers, blasting some directly out of the sky, and forcing others to split off. The remaining bombers would be picked off by the remaining Advanced F-106s, which would carry a weapons load of four Falcon missiles and one Genie each.
Huh... These are photos of an F-102B engineering model in my collection, that I took many years ago. Didn't know they were "out there".XP67_Moonbat said:
Orionblamblam said:Bah! Boring!
Now *these* are F-106 projects.... ;D
Source:This video is a compilation of three titles. The NASA 816 (Langley) and NASA 616 (Lewis and Langley) served as a research aircraft for NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Lewis, now Glenn Research Center, for 30 years.
The first clip show propulsion system research at Lewis between 1966 and 1979. This aircraft was eventually sent to NASA Langley and used for vortex flap research. That research at NASA Langley is covered in the third clip in a program which ran from 1986-1991.
The second clip is of storm hazard research at NASA Langley from 1979-1991. Although commonly referred to as the lightening strike program, the program actually covered much more.
For more on the F-106 research at NASA Langley, see http://crgis.ndc.nasa.gov/historic/F-106.
NASA Langley film #6544.