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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Excellent share sir, have a great morning sir.
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LTC Stephen F.
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Thank you, my friend LTC (Join to see) for posting the fact that President George W. Bush flew the Convair 102A Delta Dart that was the predecessor of the F-106.
Background from teh article you posted.
"The F-106 all-weather interceptor was developed from the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger. Originally designated F-102B, it was redesignated F-106 because it had extensive structural changes and a more powerful engine. The first F-106A flew on Dec. 26, 1956, and deliveries to the Air Force began in July 1959. Production ended in late 1960 after 277 F-106As and 63 F-106Bs had been built. The F-106 used a Hughes MA-1 electronic guidance and fire control system. After takeoff, the MA-1 could be given control of the aircraft to fly it to the proper altitude and attack position. Then it could fire the Genie and Falcon missiles, break off the attack run and return the aircraft to the vicinity of its base. The pilot took control again for the landing."

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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
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Great article that I pretty much agree with. Back in the 50s and 60s the concept of mission specific aircraft made perfect sense and we had the manufacturing capability, funding and Congressional support to allow it. Over the years increased aircraft costs, consolidation of manufacturers and lack of Congressional support gave rise to the concept of multipurpose aircraft. As I've posted before, this concept looks great on paper but never lives up to its billing. There is always some tradeoff that has to be made to allow any weapon system, not just aircraft, to perform multi-rolls. Unfortunately multi-roll is the buzzword in weapons in 2019. Would it be nice to have many different weapons that are fine tuned for one specific mission? Sure but given the size and infrastructure of today's military, not to mention costs, that concept is quite unlikely to ever happen again.
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