At the 456th FIS Alumni July 2001 reunion, an announcement was made regarding their attempt to get
an F-106 for permanent static display at the non-profit Castle Air Museum
(CAM) in Atwater, CA. They are very close to realizing this goal and the only
thing standing between them and it is $16,700. They need your help!
The Save-a-Six Fund received donations in the amount of $3,300 from those
who attended the last 456th FIS Alumni reunion and that represents a very fine start.
The Air Force has graciously allowed CAM to receive an F-106 currently stored at AMARC for permanent
display. To disassemble, crate, transport, refurbish, reassemble, display
and maintain it is going to cost around $20,000. CAM has 44 beautifully
restored vintage aircraft but no F-106. As a non-profit museum, they depend
heavily upon donations and volunteer labor to keep their displays open to
the public. See their web site at http://www.elite.net/castle-air/
Think of it, a permanent piece of Castle AFB history that you, your relatives and
friends can see in person or on the Internet. Remember that any donation to the fund
by US citizens is tax-deductible! So don't delay, check out your garage or attic and sell that
old, unused item on E-Bay or at a garage sale and donate the proceeds to:
Castle Air Museum
Attn: F-106 Save-a-Six Fund
5050 Santa Fe Drive
Atwater, CA 95301
(Make checks out to Castle Air Museum and be sure to write F-106 Save-a-Six
Fund on the front of check) The CAM phone number is 209-723-2178 if you have
21st December 2002
Well it has finally arrived! These pictures, taken by Dean Rager, show 58-0793 being delivered to the Castle Air Museum after it's long journey from
AMARC. Now it's restoration will begin, preparing it for it's eventual display at this fantastic museum.
This event was be just reward for all those who have have volunteered their time for this project and those who have contributed to the 'Save-A-Six'
fund so far. Please remember that there are still costs to be met and that your generousity is still required.
29th October 2002
More great news ... This picture, taken by Bob Oberst in October 2002, shows 58-0793 in the Western International yard, Tucson.
The aircraft can be seen being dismantled ready for it's final transportation to the Castle Air Museum.
It is planned that a unit from the Air National Guard based at Fresno, CA. will deliver
the aircraft to Castle Air Museum the weekend of 22nd November.
For more information and pictures on both 58-0793 and F-106's in general visit Erv Smalley's comprehensive
F-106 site at http://www.convairf-106deltadart.com/580793page.html. Another great F-106 website can be found at
29th July 2002
Here is some very good news I have just received from Pat Perry about the status of the Castle
Air Museum 'Save-A-Six' fund.
Thanks to donations received we are pleased to report that F-106A number
58-0793 will be transported to Castle Air Museum (CAM) during the 3rd
quarter of 2002.
Since we last asked for your help in February 2002, over $15,000 has been
raised from Alumni and Friends of the 456th FIS. Our fund raising goal had
to be increased to $22,000 from the original $18,000. Our Friends include
business owners in Merced/Atwater and numerous former F-106 troops who
responded to our Internet requests for donations. This also includes former
members of the 84th FIS stationed at Castle in the '70's and members of the
Fresno Air Guard.
CAM Chief Executive, Jack Gotcher and CAM Board Member Joe Pruzzo have been
instrumental in convincing the Museum Board to advance general funds to help
us secure an F-106 before some other air museum took our allocation.
Needless to say, we owe them a deep debt of gratitude and it's up to us to
continue our fund raising efforts to refill their general funds. As a
non-profit museum, CAM depends heavily upon donations and volunteer labor to
keep their displays open to the public. See their web site at
Castle Air Museum would like to paint 58-0793 in the paint scheme of the 456th FIS Commander's
aircraft, tail number 57-2456. If you have a picture of this aircraft they would
very much like to see it for help in their restoration work. Please let me know if you
can help with this and I'll make sure the picture gets to the right person.
The AMARC Experience web site will keep you informed of progress and will hopefully
provide information of the delivery of an F-106 to Castle AFB Museum in the coming