Fighter Interceptor Squadrons Flying the F-106

Complied by the Smalley / Isham / McGee Research Team
On May 30, 1959, the first F-106A's were delivered to the Air Defense Command's 539th FIS at McGuire AFB in New Jersey, replacing the F-86L.  However, the first operational unit was the 498th FIS at Geiger AFB in Washington.  This was no less than five years later than originally planned.  Even then, numerous problems kept the Delta Dart from being declared fully operational until October 31, 1959.  The remaining 13 squadrons were re-equipped with the F-106A by the end of 1960.

The 277th and last F-106A was delivered on July 20, 1961.  The production run also included 63 F-106B two-seaters, for a total of 340 aircraft [see all the serial numbers here].

From 1972 onwards, the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle gradually began to replace the Delta Dart in ADC squadrons.  As they were removed from Air Force service, they were passed along to the Air National Guard. First ANG unit to receive the F-106 was the 186th FIS of the Montana ANG, based at Great Falls, which took delivery of its first planes on April 3, 1972. Six ANG units flew the F-106 on Air Defense Command mission. The last Delta Dart-equipped Air Force squadron, the 119th FIS at Atlantic City, New Jersey flew its final alert duty on July 7, 1988.  The ANG units continued to fly the last few Delta Darts for only a few months longer after the USAF had relinquished the type. The last ANG to relinquish its F-106s was the 119th FIS of the New Jersey ANG, which sent its last plane to AMARC (the dreaded Boneyard in AZ) in August of 1988.


Air Defense Command (ADC) Squadrons
2nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1971-1972)
5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1960-1985)
11th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1960-1968)
27th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1959-1982)
48th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1960-1982)
49th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1968-1987)
71st Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1960-1971)
83rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1971-1972)
84th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1968-1981)
87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1968-1985)
94th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1960-1969)
95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1959-1973)
318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1960-1983)
319th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1960-1963/1971-1972)
329th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1960-1967)
437th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1968-1968)
438th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1960-1968)
456th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1959-1968)
460th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1968-1974)
498th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1959-1968)
539th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (1959-1967)

Air National Guard (ANG) Squadrons
101st Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Massachusetts Air National Guard (1972-1988)
119th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, New Jersey Air National Guard (1972-1988)
159th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Florida Air National Guard (1974-1987)
171st Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Michigan Air National Guard (1972-1978)
186th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Montana Air National Guard (1972-1987)
194th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, California Air National Guard (1974-1984)
Unit Location Alpha Call Sign Notes
2 Loring AFB
5 Minot AFB Yankee Kilo Activated after 71 deactivated
11 Duluth Hotel Lima
27 Wurtsmith AFB
48 Langley AFB Mike Golf
49 Griffiss AFB Kilo Hotel
71 Richards Gebaur Alpha November
71 Selfidge AFB Yankee Kilo Deactivated prior to 5 activated
84 Castle AFB Alfa Hotel
84 Hamilton Hotel Romeo
87 K.I. Sawyer AFB Lima Hotel
95 Dover AFB Echo Lima
95 Dover AFB Echo Lima
101 Otis ANG Alpha Kilo
119 New Jersey ANG
144 Fresno ANG Papa November
171 Selfridge AFB Juliet LIma
186 Great Falls ANG November Lima
318 McChord AFB Lima Kilo
319 Bunker Hill Victor Papa
329 George AFB Alpha Lima
437 Oxnard AFB Uniform Hotel Activated after 456 deactivated
438 Kincheloe AFB Kilo Hotel
456 Castle AFB Uniform Hotel Activated after 437, deactivated prior 460
460 Oxnard AFB Uniform Hotel Activated after 456 deactivated
498 Geiger Field Alpha Hotel
ADWC Tyndall AFB Golf Papa