News Listings for Convair F-106

  • USAF grapples with air sovereignty alert mission a decade after 9/11

    News | 06 Sep 2011 12:00 | Stephen Trimble

    The air superiority alert mission is the single function of most of the world's air forces, but in the US Air Force its importance has fluctuated with history.
  • Northrop Grumman studies quiet supersonic test aircraft feasibility

    News | 16 Mar 2004 00:00

    <p>Northrop Grumman plans to decide by mid-year on whether to go-ahead with a purpose-built quiet supersonic technology test aircraft that could provide the basis for a long-range strike aircraft demonstrator, and potentially, a supersonic business jet.</p> <p>The studies follow the successful conclusion of supersonic boom suppression flight tests under the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Quiet Supersonic Platform programme. These not only showed that the modified Northrop F-5 shaped sonic-boom demonstrator aircraft significantly reduced the supersonic shockwave, but critically validated the design tools used to shape the modified nose and to predict the reduction in initial overpressure.</p> <p>"We'd like to put together a spiral demonstrator that we could use over and over," says Northrop Grumman director of advanced systems capability Charlie Guthrie. The team is reviewing a wide set of alternatives ranging from existing or retired military supersonic aircraft