The F-106 entered service in July 1959. 277 F-106A’s and 63 “B” models were built as all-weather interceptors used by the Aerospace Defense Command. In 1985, all the F-106A & B model Delta Darts were retired and reconfigured to be used as unmanned target drones. This F-106A is only one of 33 total airframes remaining.
The F-106A still holds the World Absolute All-Time Speed Record for a production turbojet aircraft of 1525.95 mph at 40,500 ft. over Edward’s AFB, California set December 15, 1959 by Major Joe Rogers.