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Re: F-106E circa 2015...
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2018, 05:21:36 am »
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Re: F-106E circa 2015...
« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2018, 07:35:08 am »
Starts to look surprisingly Mirage-y or Kfir-ish ;D


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Re: F-106E circa 2015...
« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2018, 08:09:27 am »
Starts to look surprisingly Mirage-y or Kfir-ish ;D

I agree, it's beginning to look VERY Kfir-ish...

I think the revised nose and rudder-root extension will change that... or maybe not...

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Re: F-106E circa 2015...
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2018, 09:44:45 am »
Always loved the F-106.  Really enjoying watching this one develop. 

So I got that going for me...which is nice....

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Re: F-106E circa 2015...
« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2018, 07:36:50 pm »
Looking very good indeed! :thumbsup:
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Re: F-106E circa 2015...
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2018, 01:59:09 am »
Looking good like that  :thumbsup:

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Re: F-106E circa 2015...
« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2018, 06:22:03 am »
I am liking this, I will be watching for sure
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Re: F-106E circa 2015...
« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2018, 02:33:36 am »
This is the kind of beautiful madness I come here for. Watching this intently.
Amidst the blue skies, a link from past to future. The sheltering wings of the protector...
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Re: F-106E circa 2015...
« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2018, 04:03:31 am »
I like the changes being made to this - the canopy really makes it for me.



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Re: F-106E circa 2015...
« Reply #24 on: December 27, 2018, 09:18:19 pm »
Bit of an update on this dude...

Some back story:

 F-106 Upgrade Programs:
 In support of a cannon armament program Convair issued a proposal to re-equip the F-106 with an
 internal cannon, an optical gun-sight, and a clear-view cockpit canopy in a program known as Project Six Shooter in 1972 headed by Bob Archibald. The internal 20-mm M61A1 rotary cannon with 650 rounds was fitted inside the rear half of the weapons bay, replacing the Genie nuclear-tipped rocket. However,
 the four AIM-4F/G Super Falcon missiles could still be carried.
 The gun system was installed as a package (pod) inside an enclosure mounted inside the rear of the
 weapons bay between the rear missile launcher rails providing an aerodynamic shield for the portion of
 the gun protruding below the missile bay and out into the air stream. Gun-equipped F-106As could be
 distinguished by a bulged fairing underneath the fuselage which provided clearance for the rotating
 barrels of the cannon. As part of the program, a new "clear-topped" canopy was tested, which eliminated
 the metal strip above the pilot's head, markedly improving the cockpit visibility.
 To supplement the USAF’s strategic fighter force during the F-15 fleet stand down due to the longeron failure issue, the F-106 fleet was put through the “Long-Rifle” upgrade program starting in 1983.
The Long-Rifle program consisted of an engine, gun, missile, flight control, radar and cockpit upgrade. The resulting modifications effectively redesigned the entire aircraft and significantly changed is mission.
It took the F-106 from a high-speed, high altitude, dedicated interceptor with limited stores and converted it into a
 long-range strategic escort fighter / interceptor with a wide range of armament options. The filling of the internal missile bay with a fuel cell and the addition of 9 external hard-points gave the F-106F much greater fuel economy while the fly-by-wire & side-stick controls in the new cockpit greatly increased the ability of the pilot to multi-task and provided the impetus for future upgrades with a common 1553 avionics data-bus infrastructure and provided the US’s first implementation of the look-down / shoot-down radar, the APG-65.

 During 1998, the F-106 fleet was again upgraded in the wake of the cancellation of the Advanced Tactical
 Fighter (F-22) program. The fleet was given a number of modifications that reflected it’s new multi-role mission within Air Combat Command and brought the aircraft up to the F-106F Block 60 configuration.
 The upgrades consisted of a completely new wing-core / spare & fuselage longerons, new block -132 F-110 engine with thrust-vector-control “paddles” as prototyped on the X-31 and a cockpit & canopy upgrade that drew on the F-16 “Agile-Flacon” program that provided a new split-screen canopy and enhanced seat-angle.
Along with the newer APG-73 AESA radar upgrade was the inclusion of the
 Lockheed AN/AAS-42 IRST and Raytheon VCATS “Uplook” Helmet Mounted Display System that allowed
 the full use and implementation of the AIM-9X missile and AMMRAM “C” long-range missile.

 To further capitalize on the F-106F’s already impressive maneuverability, the aircraft were modified with two fully moveable canard fore-planes, mounted at the shoulder of each air intake. These canards allowed the F-106F to achieve unheard of agility and slow-speed, high-alpha maneuvering.

During the 2003 Le Bourget airshow, the F-106 East Coast Demo Team flew the worlds first “back-flip” maneuver,
 nicknamed the “Switch-Blade” earning the F-106F the nick-name “Switch-Blade” from that point on.

 In late 2018, with the F-106F looking at it’s twilight, the aircraft received what may have been it’s last upgrade.
 Project Have-Glass V has seen the fleet of F-106F’s upgraded to Block 70 standard, with new, wide-area
 cockpit displays and Low-Observable paint & paneling and the latest Thales Scorpion Helmet Mounted Display System. Quietly included with the Have-Glass modifications, are a set of tiny winglets at the far edges of the aircrafts giant delta wings. These small, vertical surfaces have seen fuel burn rates cut by a full 8th of previously published rates, increasing the range almost 200 miles.

 This range increase came in handy during the Battle of the Spratly Islands in late 2021.
With PacAF F-106F’s flying from the re-constituted base at Subic Bay on Luzon in the Philippines, the USAF engaged
 PLAAF aircraft over the hotly contested Spratly Islands. Aerial combat ensued after the PLAN sank the US Navy Littoral Combat Ship LCCS Freedom. The Freedom sailed too close to Johnson South Reef during a freedom of navigation exercise and was fired on and sunk, claiming more than 180 sailors late in the evening on June 16th
 The air-to-air engagements that ensued, saw the SwitchBlades of the 19th Fighter Squadron, flying near-24 hour missions to support Taiwanese & US Navy recovery assets in the area.
In the first 24 hours of the campaign,
 SwitchBlades of the Gamecocks marked an impressive 24 kills with only 2 F-106’s receiving damage, one
 to cannon fire from a J-20 and the other to a proximity explosion of a surface to air missile fired from the
 Chinese base built on Johnson South Reef.
 Although some analysts claim that the impressive air-to-air record was due to GPS jamming & radio denial in the local area, USAF press releases state that the pilots of the 19th Fighter Squadron were some of the most experienced in the USAF, and their F-106F’s were recently upgraded to Block 70

 During the Spratly Island Campaign, the USAF achieved an impressive 87 to 1 kill ratio, having lost 1 F-16 and 1 F-106F in the fighting. The F-16 was downed after running Bingo on fuel, sprinting to it’s tanker and the F-106F falling to an aerial engagement with 5 J-20’s, after downing three.

Interestingly, F-35’s were not used in the campaign after it was discovered that the Raytheon Distributed Aperture
 System mounted on the high-tech fighters, were compromised by Chinese micro-chips that were “activated” (presumably) by Chinese agents shortly before the fighting began, almost completely disabling the fighters as they sat on the ramp at Hawaii’s Hickam Field, during the build up prior to hostilities.
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Re: F-106E circa 2015...
« Reply #25 on: December 27, 2018, 09:23:11 pm »
Pics to go along with the back story...

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Re: F-106F circa 2021...
« Reply #26 on: December 27, 2018, 10:36:21 pm »
Lookin' sexy!  :thumbsup:
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Re: F-106F circa 2021...
« Reply #27 on: December 28, 2018, 03:33:17 am »
Very nice!  To me it looks very Gripen-ish, with those canards and round-barrel nose.  Just my tuppence' worth. 
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Re: F-106F circa 2021...
« Reply #28 on: December 28, 2018, 09:43:28 pm »
That new cockpit is the boss!
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Re: F-106F circa 2021...
« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2019, 09:18:53 pm »
Making some real progress with this gal!!!

Vertical stabilizer is on.

Some "lumps & bumps" added.

TVC and engine nozzle are complete.

Pilot's HMD helmet mod is complete.

Fitting the gas cans as I type this...

Still LOTS of putty to go...

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