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F-106B 57-2509
Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs CA
15 Mar 2017 F-106B 57-2509 now resides at the Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs CA awaiting restoration for static display. According to the museum Director Mr. Fred Bell the aircraft is next up to be restored for display. Looking for any help that nearby former F-106'ers could give as the recipients have little experience with the F-106. Your time and skills will be vital to the success of both projects. Please use the Contact Webmaster link at the bottom of this page with your name and contact info if you think this is something you would like to pursue. Use the Contact Webmaster at the bottom of this page to let me know, or here is the POC info to go direct:
Palm Springs Air Museum (Fred Bell, Director)
745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262  |  (760) 482-1835
DEC 2016: F-106B 57-2509 was SOLD via Private purchase in Dec 2016 to Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs CA.

F-106's of WESTERNAIR INC. at El Paso International, El Paso Texas During the first part of April 2000, 6 of the 7 un-flyable QF-106s departed Tyndall AFB, FL, on several flatbed 18 wheelers bound for El Paso, TX. Having been purchased by a private individual (Westernair Inc) they were planned to be restored, some possibly to flyable status, however that never came to be. Only two of them remain in El Paso 57-2509 being one of them. Thanks to Dick Lewis, CMSgt, USAF (Ret) for taking these and many other photos. Only airframe with date plate is this 57-2509. Others were evidently removed at Tyndal AFB. All control stick grips are missing. All parts that were removed from 57-2509 at Tyndal before shipping to El Paso were tagged as 57-2509 parts in prep for restoration. REASON FOR 57-2509 TERMINATION FROM DRONE PROGRAM: 57-2509 Wire bundle fire in lower electronics bay-no structural damage from fire. STATUS OF AIRCRAFT: QF-106B 57-2509, minimal records, fuselage exterior paint stripped, cockpit equipment removed, fuselage installed in jig.