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William Tell Weapons Meet [USAF Air-to-Air Weapons Meet] 1958 - 1988, the years the F-106 participated. 1954 In June 1954, the USAF's World Wide Weapons Meet now known as "William Tell" began as a separate air-to-air rocketry competition to the Third Annual USAF Fighter gunnery and Weapons Meet that was held at Las Vegas AFB (later renamed as Nellis AFB). This Interceptor Phase of the Las Vegas based competition would be held at Yuma, AZ. The Air Defense Command and Air Training Command were the sole competitors of the first meet. 1956 the meet was unofficially named "William Tell" and expanded to include nine teams representing seven major Air Commands. This third meet was the last held in Arizona. Two years later, Tyndall AFB, Fla., became the home for the USAF Worldwide Air-to-Air Weapons Meet. strong>1958 twelve teams competed among them was an Air National Guard unit competing for the first time. 1961 three jets specifically designed for protecting North America appeared on the flight line; F-102 Delta Dagger, F-106 Delta Dart and F-101 Voodoo.1965 was the largest in history with 16 teams and four categories. Canada became the first foreign country to participate and entered with the CF-101 Voodoo's. 1970 William Tell resumed at Tyndall AFB with nine teams competing, 5 years after the 1965 meet due to the Vietnam War. 1972 was the year of the first "Top Gun" award and introduction of the subsonic BQM-34A Firebee target drone into the competition. 1974 composition saw the Air National Guard teams take first place in three major categories and in 1976, the ANG continued its winning streak in two of the three. 1976 the F-4 Phantom II made its first appearance in the meet and was the first Team sent by the Tactical Air Command (TAC). With the reorganization of air defense forces in 1979, TAC assumed sponsorship for William Tell. 1980 was the first TAC-sponsored meet and included 10 teams from active duty F-4 and F-106 units, ANG F-4, F-106 and F-101 units, and a Canadian Forces CF-101 unit. 1982 TAC officially changed the name of the meet to the USAF Air-to-Air Weapons Meet, which also now marked the return of the Pacific Air Forces and the USAF in Europe to the competition as well as the first appearance of the F-15 "Eagle". 1984 saw the introduction of the supersonic QF-100 full-scale drone as a target and was also the first meet in which only full-scale drones were used as missile targets. 1986 the CF-18 entered in the competition for the first time with the Canadian team, finishing second overall behind a TAC F-15 Team. 1988 twelve teams from TAC, ANG, PACAF, USAFE, Alaskan Air Command and Canada participated in on of the most competitive meets ever. 1988 was the last William Tell the F-106 participated in. READ MORE ON THE WILLIAM TELL PAGE