The Cornfield Bomber: F-106 Delta Dart that landed itself
F-35 vs F-106: They dont make em like they used to.
In 1970 Pilot Gary Foust was engaging in mock dogfighting with his fellow F-106 Delta Dart pilot at 40,000 feet over Montana. When his Delta Dart went into a flat spin, Gary tried to recover the aircraft to no avail. At 8000 feet above ground with the aircraft still spinning out of control, Gary ejected. Once free of its pilot, the F-106 Delta Dart proceeded to level off and continue flying normally until landing on its belly with little damage. There in a field, the plane idled for an hour and a half till it ran out of gas. The plane was later recovered and put back into service where Foust flew it again in 1979. The F-106 now resides at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on display. As news broke of a super advanced pilotless F-35 obliterating itself in a field in South Carolina this week, strange laughing sounds could be heard from the F-106 section of the museum.
When approached for comment, the F-106 “Cornfield Bomber” merely stood there in one piece. Valor is in you. Set it free.