Developed for the Air Force in the early 1950s as a next-generation interceptor following Convair's pioneering delta-wing F-102, the F-106 excelled in every aspect of the Air Defense Command mission. The Delta Dart became known as “the ultimate interceptor,” able to scramble, launch, find its targets, and blow them out of the sky. The Dart was also the lightest-weight aircraft ever powered by a Pratt & Whitney J75 turbojet.

From initial concept through early flight test and development and into operational service, every facet of the F-106’s career is examined and explained in comprehensive, yet easy-to-read text. All USAF Air Defense Command units that operated F-106s are covered, and aircraft markings and color schemes are included as well.

The Convair F-106 remains to this day as one of the most successful military aircraft ever built. This book gives the reader a thorough and meticulous reference on the F-106 using excellent photographs and technical illustrations, while also providing valuable detailed information for modelers and historians.

LtCol. Doug Barbier grew up to the sound of F-106s flying out of Selfridge AFB, Michigan, where a visit on Armed Forces Day 1962 began a lifelong interest in the jet. He is a U.S. Air Force Command Pilot with more than 3,500 flight hours. Barbier finished his military career flying the F-16, spending many hours sitting Air Defense alert. After retiring from the Air Force, he flew for a major airline for 20 years.

Barbier has had over 200 photographs published worldwide, and this is his first full-length feature book. The first 75 copies ordered will be autographed by author Doug Barbier! This special offer is available exclusively from Specialty Press by calling 1-800-895-4585 or by visiting This April 2017 release will retail for $44.95 (plus $6.95 shipping

and handling for 3 books or less).


Since aviation's early years, pilots, designers, and manufacturers have sought

to break world records for notoriety or technical advancement. This book tells of famous record-breaking

flights throughout history, focusing on the exciting time following World War II when new speed, altitude,

and endurance records were broken on an almost-routine basis. Supplementing these stories are

detailed explanations of the technological innovations that made those record-breaking aircraft possible.

Illustrated with excellent archival photographs and technical illustrations, this book explains in detailed,

but easy-to-understand, terms how specific advances in aircraft design such as powerplants,

aerodynamics, flight control systems, instrumentation, and life-support systems led to ever-improved

record-breaking aircraft. The appendix serves as a handy reference of world speed, altitude, and

distance records as well as the legendary aircraft and pilots who flew them.

Lt. Col. William A. Flanagan was inspired to his Air Force career by a childhood trading card of the

Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing. He flew combat missions in F-4 Phantoms during the Vietnam War, and

NATO Cold War missions in Europe. As a test pilot, Flanagan was assigned to the Lockheed task force

modifying the SR-71 Blackbird, and later became the 14th aviator to fly Northrop's B-2 Stealth Bomber,the direct descendant of the YB-49 Flying Wing on that childhood trading card. He is now retired.

The first 100 copies ordered will be autographed by author William Flanagan! This special offer is

available exclusively from Specialty Press by calling 1-800-895-4585 or by visiting