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F-106's of WESTERNAIR INC. at El Paso International, El Paso Texas:
12 Dec 2016 The LAST two El Paso F-106's have been sold -- there are no more remaining in El Paso. F-106B 57-2509 and 57-2543 departed El Paso on 14 Dec heading to their new homes: one to a museum, the other to a High School which I can only imagine will be used for some shop class UGH. NO DETAILS on either yet... more to come as I find out. April 2000 6 of the 7 last un-flyable QF-106s departed Tyndall AFB, FL, on several flatbed 18 wheelers bound for El Paso, TX having been privately purchased by David Tokoph at Westernair Inc. They were planned for restoration with one possibly put back to flyable status, even though they all were already de-milled. Unfortunately David passed away so the plans for these jets changed. Four F-106B's 57-2509, 57-2517, 57-2543, 57-2545. Two F-106A's 58-0786, 59-0047. Thanks to Dick Lewis, CMSgt, USAF (Ret) for taking some of the photos below. Only airframe with date plate is 57-2509. Others were evidently removed at Tyndall AFB. All control stick grips missing. 3 Ejection seats included. Cockpits had some instruments still in them. No canopy actuators as they were part of the ejection system which were removed. New longerons etc. manufactured to attach tails as it came from factory. Enough new parts for 2 complete aircraft. One J75-P-19 Engine minus tail pipe, nozzle-afterburner diffuser is on the engine. Tail pipe shroud on-hand. No records, but engine is from an F-106.
REASON FOR TERMINATION FROM DRONE PROGRAM: STATUS OF AIRCRAFT:
  1. F-106B 57-2509 SOLD Private purchase in Dec 2016 by a High School - No Details yet. Disassembled: fuselage, landing gear, wings, tail, nose, canopy. Fuselage exterior paint stripped, cockpit equipment removed, no interior, instruments or seats. Aircraft in the hangar mounted on a jig.
  2. F-106B 57-2543 SOLD in Dec 2016 Museum purchase by [Unknown] - No Details yet. Disassembled: fuselage, landing gear, wings, tail, nose, canopy. Fuselage exterior paint stripped, cockpit equipment removed, no interior, instruments or seats. Aircraft sitting outside on the ground near the hanger.
  3. F-106B 57-2545 SOLD Private purchase in Jul 2013 by Dan Bissell owner of 'Bissell Auto Body', St. Louis, MO and now sits in his lot.
  4. F-106A 59-0047 SOLD Private purchase in Jul 2013 by Dan Bissell owner of 'Bissell Auto Body', St. Louis, MO and now sits in his lot.
  5. F-106A 58-0786 SOLD Oct 2015, prep for static display at California Science Center. Moved to Victorville CA for temp storage until can be displayed in new facility at California Science Center
  6. F-106B 57-2517 SOLD 20 Jan 2003 - Stripped and sold for scrap.