Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I have not lived in my parents house for thirty years this past May. My mom is excitedly converting what used to be my old room into her new office. All these years her office has been down in the basement, but since her last surgery those steps are getting harder.

In the closet we discovered a box of mine filled with books. Boy Scout guides, R.A. Books, my first bible, a whole set of Hal Lindsey volumes, but mostly we found aviation technical manuals. Several light plane owners handbooks and more intriguing the operating handbook ( 975 pages ) for a Convair F-106 Delta Dart supersonic fighter-interceptor jet of the middle 60's. I had forgotten I had that one. It is a very cool addition to my Boeing B-52D manual, my Boeing KC-135 Manual, and will share shelf space in my office with manuals for several airline types, the Boeing 727, 737, McDonnell Douglas MD-83 and my pride the Gulfstream GIV SP manual.

Does anybody know where I can find a surplus F-106 now that I have the instructions?

What a cool ride

One Pratt & Whitney J75-P-17 turbojet, 17,200 lb.s.t. dry and 24,500 lb.s.t with afterburning.

Maximum speed:
1525 mph at 40,000 feet (Mach 2.31)
1327 mph at 35,000 feet

Cruising speed:
650 mph

Landing speed:
173 mph Initial climb rate was 42,800 feet per minute

Combat radius 575 miles
1,500 miles ("A" model)
575 miles ("B" model)
Max range w/max ext fuel 1809 miles
Max ferry range 2700 miles at 610 mph at 41,000 feet

Fuel Load (Max):
21,440 US gallons

One Douglas AIR-2A
Genie air to-air nuclear tipped rocket
Four AIM-4 Falcon air-to-air missiles
M61A1 Vulcan 20MM Cannon

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