Aviation Photo #1042978 Convair F-106A Delta Dart (8) - USA - Air Force

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This aircraft is in the markings of the 144th Fighter Intercept Group, California Air National Guard, Fresno, CA. 30D, 14mm manual exposure f16 at 1/160, Landscape Picture Mode.
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    Colorado Springs - Municipal (Peterson AFB)
    April 26, 2006
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9 years ago
This photograph of 59-01034, F-106A Delta Dart in its California Guard colors stands out and clearly depicts the "bird" to those of us who worked her bays, electronic racks, engines, systems & cockpit to keep-her-flying. Not this particular "Bird", but those "Six-Shooters" now long gone and retired from active service. The Hughes Ma-1, integrated Fire Control System was a maintenance nightmare in the early days. The 'black boxes' were cannon plug cables-rear connected in racks and functioned due to, not in-spite-of, their miniature vacuum tube components. Still the fastest single engine A/C in the world, the "Six-Shooters brought chills to the backs of the young Airmen of the '60's as the Birds scrambled from Alert Barns in full afterburner to intercept the Cold War 'boogies' attempting, threatening or pretending, to invade U.S. airspace.

The photo stimulates the pride of those who flew and maintained the "flocks" of Six-Shooters stationed as 'Tenant' Fighter Squadrons on SAC Bases in some of the most desolate, cold and isolated duty locations in North America, as an integral part of the long extinct Air Defense Command.

/s/: D. Clark, A1C - 27th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Loring AFB, ME; '61-'64

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