Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Cornfield Bomber

F-106 Delta Dart
A/C Tail Number 58-0787
aka The Cornfield Bomber
Just the other day FRaVMotC Murphy made a comment on this post (wherein we welcomed Dave to the blog), in which he mentioned this aircraft. Rather than make you Google it yourselves, here's a couple of links to that story.

Here and here.

According to Joe Baugher's website:
Convair F-106A-100-CO Delta Dart
0787 - While on a training mission from Malmstrom AFB, entered an uncontrollable flat spin Feb 2, 1970, forcing pilot to eject.  Unpiloted, the aircraft recovered on its own and made gentle belly landing in a snow-covered field. Repaired and returned to service.  Last served with 49th FIS. Put on display at Griffiss AFB, NY.  Now on display at WPAFB, Ohio.
Now that is quite a story!

Thanks for the tip Murph!


  1. My pleasure, sir. I've seen #58-0787 at Wright-Patterson and it's beautifully restored. Sadly, the F-106 (and F-102) has joined the F-105 on that list of aircraft that will never take to the skies again despite the existence of numerous airframes just because the Air Force has decreed it.

  2. A most interesting story, indeed.

  3. Cornfield?
    To paraphrase Crocodile Dundee> "This" is a cornfield.

  4. Some people have always questioned the real role of pilots. They got their start with the big watch, fluttering scarf and trick glasses but the rumors really went ballistic when NASA chose the very best the country had to offer for all their early rocket flights...:) Little fellas. Big ears. Kinda hairy. monosyllabic. You know. Pilots.

    1. I am trying very hard to stifle my laughter Cap'n. Though I feel that I must share that characterization with my son-in-law, Big Time.

      (Come to think of it, he's a man of few words. And he wears a big watch!)


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