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Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Bombing Range, Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field, Gila Bend, AZ In the Fall of 2003, seven F-106s in storage at Davis-Monthan AMARC had their wings sawed off and were transported to the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range (formerly Luke Air Force Range) near Gila Bend, AZ. The range is also referred to as formally being the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field, which actually was a part of the range that served as an emergency landing strip and was near the center of the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range (formerly Luke Air Force Range) range complex, Tail numbers were: 57-2510, 58-0903, 58-0904, 59-0065, 59-0012, 59-0115, 59-0147 (572510, 580903, 580904, 590065, 590012, 590115, 590147). These are photos taken at Gila Bend AAF AZ, most by Ernest White II in Jan 2004 while recovering components for their F-106A 56-0459 displayed at the McChord Air Museum. Other photos are credited as needed. 19 Nov 03 - Tail numbers are now gone from AMARC and are believed to be at Gila Bend. 59-0012, 59-0115, 57-2510 & 57-2514. These following aircraft are also gone and are believed to either be at Gila Bend or scrapped. 58-0903, 58-0904 & 59-0079. We are awaiting actual verification of these seven bird's final fate but for reasons unknown to me, the information seems to be hard to come by. 13 Dec 03 - The following seven tail numbers have been confirmed (along with PCN #s and departure dates) as being moved to Gila Bend in November of 2003: (1) 59-0065, AAFN0003, 18 Nov 03 (2) 59-0147, AAFN0017, 05 Nov 03 (3) 59-0115, AAFN0004, 07 Nov 03 (4) 59-0012, AAFN0077, 03 Nov 03 (5) 58-0904, AAFN0044, 07 Nov 03 (6) 58-0903, AAFN0046, 10 Nov 03 (7) 57-2510, AAFN0048, 10 Nov 03. Now with this information, one has to question the whereabouts or final fate of: (1) 59-0095 (2) 59-0079 (3) 57-2514. We will attempt to resolve this last bit of conflicting information. 18 Dec 03 - Partial resolution: (1) 59-0095 - To DRMO 25 Sept 03. Was previously reported as going to Gila Bend but isn't on the list of seven birds that went to Gila Bend. ??? (2) 59-0079 is intact and still at AMARC (3) 57-2514 - unresolved - in research. 19 Nov 03 Update - Tail numbers are now gone from AMARC and are believed to be at Gila Bend. 59-0012, 59-0115, 57-2510 & 57-2514. These following aircraft are also gone and are believed to either be at Gila Bend or scrapped. 58-0903, 58-0904 & 59-0079. We are awaiting actual verification of these seven bird's final fate but for reasons unknown to me, the information seems to be hard to come by. 13 Dec 03 Update - The following seven tail numbers have been confirmed (along with PCN #s and departure dates) as being moved to Gila Bend in November of 2003. (1) 59-0065, AAFN0003, 18 Nov 03 (2) 59-0147, AAFN0017, 05 Nov 03 (3) 59-0115, AAFN0004, 07 Nov 03 (4) 59-0012, AAFN0077, 03 Nov 03 (5) 58-0904, AAFN0044, 07 Nov 03 (6) 58-0903, AAFN0046, 10 Nov 03 (7) 57-2510, AAFN0048, 10 Nov 03. Now with this information, one has to question the whereabouts or final fate of: (1) 59-0095 (2) 59-0079 (3) 57-2514. We will attempt to resolve this last bit of conflicting information. 18 Dec 03 Update - Partial resolution: (1) 59-0095 - To DRMO 25 Sept 03. Was previously reported as going to Gila Bend but isn't on the list of seven birds that went to Gila Bend. ??? (2) 59-0079 is intact and still at AMARC (3) 57-2514 - unresolved - in research. 20 Dec 03 Update - More resolution: (1) 57-2514 is intact and still at AMARC. 57-2514 and 59-0079 are added back to the SURVIVOR List. Photos of all AMARC F-106s are being taken this week and will be published upon receipt and after I (Erv) return from vacation mid Jan 04. (2) Location or final fate of 59-0095 is still unresolved - in research. 14 Jan 04 Update - Final resolution: (1) 59-0095 was scrapped late last fall ~ Nov03 28 Jan 04 Update - On 21 Jan 04, the nose section of F-106B 59-0164 was removed and donated to the Southern Utah Air Museum (Washington UT) for cockpit restoration and display (See below 03 Nov 06 update) 07 Jun 04 Update - On 18 May 04, 59-0137 was moved off base for shipment to the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville Oregon for display. Aircraft is in storage at Pinal Air Park, Marana AZ, while the search for main landing gear continues. 15 Dec 05 Update - 57-2514 & 59-0079 scrapped 06 Jun 06 Update - Click here for Feb 04 photos of the seven birds at Gila Bend AAF 03 Nov 06 Update - 59-0164's nose section was sold in Oct 06 and has been moved from Utah to Tucson AZ for restoration work prior to being moved to the New York City area as a planned traveling exhibit for the benefit of children's hospitals. 2 Jan 11 Update - After over 4 years of no word from the owner of 59-0164's nose section, I've removed it from the survivor and display list. If anyone has photo evidence that it still exists, let me know and I'll add it back to the lists. 30 May 11 Update - The El Paso birds are for sale. Maybe the end result will be more displays? 29 Aug 11 Update- 59-0164's nose section is up for sale again on E-Bay for $25,000. It is located in Tucson AZ. It still exists but it apparently never made its way to NYC. 7 Feb 2012 Update - 59-0164's cockpit was sold on Ebay to Dave's Pelts group who will be moved from Tucson AZ to Milwaukee WI by the end of Feb 2012 or early March 2012 for restoration. A website and photos of the move and restoration project will be coming soon. 15 Mar 2012 Update - 59-0164 cockpit successfully moved to the Timmerman airport in Milwaukee WI. Cockpit restoration is under way.