McDonnell F-101B VOODOO


Brief history

The F-101B was flown by the 179TH FIS in Duluth, MN From 1972 to 1976, before the unit converted to the RF-4C Phantom II. This aircraft, also a member of the “Century Series” jet fighters, was a supersonic military jet fighter which served with the USAF and the RCAF. Initially designed as a long range bomber escort for the Strategic Air Command (SAC), the Voodoo instead was developed as a nuclear armed fighter bomber for the Tactical Air Command (TAC). There was also a photo reconnaissance version based on the same airframe. The Voodoo, also known as the “One-oh-Wonder” was developed from the XF-88 Voodoo and first flew on 29 September, 1954, there were a total of 807 built.



Cost: $1,754,066
Crew: 2
Length: 67 Feet, 5 Inches
Wingspan: 39 Feet, 8 Inches
Height: 18 Feet, 0 Inches
Engines: 2 Pratt and Whitney J57-P-55 afterburning turbojets, 16,900 pounds of thrust each in full afterburner
Maximum Speed: Mach 1.72 (1,134 mph) at 35,000 feet
Range: 1,520 Miles
Service Ceiling: 58,400 Feet
Armament: 4 AIM-4 Falcon Missiles, or 2 AIR-Genie nuclear rockets plus 4 AIM 4 Falcon Missiles

Interesting Facts

The museum F-101B has the distinction of having made the very last Voodoo flight in the USA when it was flown from Canada to its present location on 7 April, 1987. This aircraft, having transferred from the USAF to the RCAF was modified to a one of a kind EF-101B Voodoo, nicknamed the “Electric Voodoo”. The aircraft, when with the RCAF was painted all black with red markings and also had the nickname “The Black Knight” it was used as an electronic jamming aircraft simulating missile strategies of the day. Also of interest is the reconnaissance version of this aircraft, the USAF RF-101A from Shaw AFB, SC flew reconnaissance sorties over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. The RF-101s also saw heavy service during the Vietnam War, in some 35,000 sorties, 39 aircraft were lost, 33 in combat.