Designed as a high altitude and high speed interceptor during the "Cold War", the F-106 Delta Dart was universally loved by all pilots who flew her. Known affectionately as "The Six", the Delta Dart still holds the official speed record for a single engine jet aircraft at 1525.96 MPH set by Major Joe Rogers in December of 1959. The F-106 featured an internal weapons bay in which the primary armament of AIM-4 Falcon missiles and AIR-2 "Genie" nuclear tipped rocket were carried. The Six served from 1959 to 1981 with the US Air Force and until 1988 with Air National Guard units. This painting features the Six in the markings of the 87th FIS "Red Bulls". The unit was based out of Sawyer AFB, MI and flew the Six throughout the 70s. The 3 stripes signify this was the unit commander's bird.