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Convair (General Dynamics) F-106C Delta Dart

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For many years I have been a fan of the Convair F-106 Delta Dart Interceptor

I have always been impressed by this late 1950’s design and its use of a giant internal weapons layout. A design requirement that has come back into vogue with stealth!

I was looking around the net tonight when for the first time I came across an artist impression/profile of the proposed F-106C, an advanced variant of the earlier Delta Dart.
It was found on F-106 Delta Dart.com

Just in case nobody has seen it I have posted it with an F-106A for comparison


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Looking at the F-106C side-profile, the most obvious thing is the revised cockpit and enlarged dorsal spine area just after the cockpit, when compared to that of the F-106A.

Was this enlarged dorsal spine area utilized for extra avionics or fuel???

Does anyone have any further drawings and or artist impressions of the proposed F-106C??


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Well, Pioneer, I think the amateur artist impression you have here is not exactly realistic to begin with.

A -C was envisioned but with different ideas in mind: F-106C : Unbuilt version. Aircraft was intended to have the AN/ASG-18 radar and fire control system fitted originally developed for the F-108A Rapier. For its time it was the largest radar to ever be fitted to a fighter, actually requiring hydraulic actuators to turn the antenna. To accommodate this larger radar system, the nose cone was longer and of a greater diameter. The design featured an improved raised canopy design featuring better visibility, canards and lengthened rectangular inlet ducts. The aircraft was to be capable of carrying one GAR-9/AIM-47A in its center bay, and an AIM-26A in each side bay. At one time, the US Air Force had considered acquiring 350 of these advanced interceptors, but the F-106C/D project was cancelled on 23 September 1958. [15]



So, the -C would lie somewhere between your artist's impression and what we read above. It's profile would have been changed but not to the Mitsu F-1 inspired impression we see above. The cockpit and canopy would have been elevated as opposed to its immedate aft spine. A larger nose cone, ala the bulge we see in the early F-4 models, could be expected based upon the radar planned.

The -106 is a classic and personal favorite airplane without doubt, but, the images above don't exactly pair-up with Convair's stated ideas of an improved model.
 

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Thanks for your reply Joein

Although I must say I am some what disappointed that the F-106C artist impression I stumbled across was not to true detail.

I thought I could have contributed something for a change!

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starviking said:
I'm not sure how related to the proposed F-106C production model this is, but there's a good side photo of a YF-106C conversion at this page http://www.convairf-106deltadart.com/57024001Large.html

That was simply one of a pair of F-106As modified as ASG-18 testbeds. They were redesignated "F-106C". (page 63 of Landis' Valkyrie book) AFAIK these are unrelated to any planned F-106C concept.
 

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