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MCDONNELL F-101F "Voodoo"

Produced by McDonnell Aircraft Co., the F-101 was the first USAF fighter capable of over 1,000 mph in level flight. It was produced in two configurations: air defense fighter (F-101B), and reconnaissance (RF-101A). The F-101 was originally designed as a long-range bomber escort and penetration fighter for the Strategic Air Command.  However, with the development of high-speed, high-altitude jet bombers, escort fighters became unnecessary and the first Voodoos off the production line were assigned to the Tactical Air Command in 1957.  The first F-101 made its initial flight on September 29, 1954. The F-101B first flew on March 27, 1957. Voodoo production continued until March 1961.

McDonnell Aircraft Corporation built almost 800 Voodoos, including 47 F-101Cs with wings strengthened for low-altitude tactical bombing.   The version used most extensively was the two-seat F-101B interceptor which carried a pilot and a radar operator.  In the RF-101A and RF-101C reconnaissance versions, the USAF had the world's first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft.  RF-101s were used extensively for low altitude photo coverage of missile sites during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and during the late 1960s in Southeast Asia.  F-101F aircraft were modified B models with only minor exterior differences.


Wing Span 39 feet, 8 inches
Length 67 feet, 5 inches
Height 18 feet
Weight 51,921 lbs. maximum
Armament Two Air-2A Genie rockets and GAR-1D or GAR-2A guided missiles
Cost $1,819,000
Maximum speed 1,095 mph
Cruising speed 545 mph
Range 800 miles
Service Ceiling 52,400 feet

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