F-106s 30 YEARS WITH NASA
F-106B 57-2516, NASA NF-106B N616NA and N816NA
NASA used F-106B 57-2507 at the Langley Research Center in several different research projects to include:
- Upper Atmosphere Particulate Sampling Research
- Ocean Color Scanner System
- And for its final mission it was used to create the NASA Wind Tunnel model in 1988 for Vortex Flap and In-flight Visualization Research where NASA cut it in half lengthwise so that the
left hand side could be mounted in the wind tunnel to test the vortex flap used on F-106B 57-2516 NASA N816NA.
- Tom Luck writes on 4 Mar 2014 "I worked on a number of jobs at NASA Langley's full scale wind tunnel and they jokingly referred
to this 'Cut in Half' F-106 as the F-53, which is 1/2 of 106".
Upper Atmosphere Particulate Sampling
Ocean Color Scanner System
NASA Chase Plane