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About the F106 Interceptor


I kind of like this plane but I'm biased, my father's fingerprints are all over them.  He did electrical checkout before they left the
Convair plant (along side Lindbergh Field, San Diego) to Edwards AFB.  Great aircraft.

So I had a conversation with ChatGPT:


--- Quote ---Describe the flight characterstics of the F106 - takeoff roll, rotation speed, maximum climb angle, turning characteristics, top speed and compare to F14

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--- Quote ---The F-106 Delta Dart was a supersonic interceptor aircraft used by the United States Air Force from the 1960s until the 1980s. Here are some of its characteristics:

Takeoff roll: The F-106 had a relatively short takeoff roll due to its powerful J75 afterburning turbojet engine. The exact takeoff roll distance would depend on factors such as the aircraft's weight, runway conditions, and altitude.

Rotation speed: The rotation speed of the F-106 would also depend on various factors, but typically it would rotate at around 150-160 knots (173-184 mph) during takeoff.

Maximum climb angle: The F-106 had an impressive climb rate, with a maximum climb angle of approximately 45 degrees. This allowed it to quickly gain altitude and intercept high-flying targets such as bombers.

Turning characteristics: The F-106 was designed primarily for high-speed, high-altitude intercepts and was not particularly maneuverable at low speeds or in tight turns. However, it had a good roll rate and could perform high-G turns at high speeds.

Top speed: The F-106 had a top speed of around Mach 2.3 (approximately 1,750 mph) at high altitude. However, it was not particularly fast at lower altitudes, where it was limited to around Mach 1.2-1.3 (approximately 900-1,000 mph).

In comparison, the F-14 Tomcat was another supersonic interceptor used by the US Navy from the 1970s until the early 2000s. Here are some key differences between the F-106 and F-14:

Takeoff roll: The F-14 had a longer takeoff roll than the F-106 due to its heavier weight and larger wingspan. It required a longer runway and more distance to accelerate to takeoff speed.

Rotation speed: The F-14 rotated at a slightly lower speed than the F-106, typically around 140-150 knots (161-173 mph).

Maximum climb angle: The F-14 had a slightly lower maximum climb angle than the F-106, at around 30-35 degrees.

Turning characteristics: The F-14 was known for its impressive maneuverability, particularly at low speeds and in tight turns. It had variable-sweep wings that could be adjusted for optimal performance at different speeds and altitudes.

Top speed: The F-14 had a similar top speed to the F-106 at high altitude, but it was faster at lower altitudes due to its more powerful engines. It could reach speeds of up to Mach 2.34 (approximately 1,800 mph) at high altitude and Mach 1.2 (approximately 900 mph) at sea level.

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I really like this ChatGPT thing!

BTW, the F106 numbers are right out of the flight manual.


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