December 26, 1956

1956: The Convair F-106 Delta Dart’s first flight occurred at Edwards AFB, Calif. The F-106 was designed as the so-called “Ultimate Interceptor” because of the 1954 interceptor program. It was a development of the F-102 Delta Dagger, and thus was originally designed as the F-102B prior to being redesignated by the United States Air Force (USAF). The F-106 was designed without a gun or provision for carrying bombs, instead carrying its AIM-4 Falcon air-to-air missiles within an internal weapons bay. (A NASA QF-106 Delta Dart from the Eclipse program shows its area ruled fuselage)