American postwar aircraft
McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
The Voodoo was another of the "Century Series" fighters entering the Air Force
in the 1950s. The development of the F-101B took place during a time when the Air Force
was going through radical changes in developmental and procurement policies.
The F-101 was originally conceived for service with
fighter squadrons for the Strategic Air Command. The three commands most actively involved
in the F-101 development were: the Air Research and Development Command, the Air Material
Command and the Air Defense Command.
The F-101 Voodoo first flew Sept. 29, 1954. It held
numerous speed and endurance records during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1954, an F-101C set a
world speed record of 1,207.6 mph. The F-101 was the working prototype for the F-4
series of fighters which are still flying today.
The F-101 had important roles in the Cuban missile
crisis and the Vietnam conflict. It was used by the air forces of Canada and Taiwan.
The aircraft on display here is a TF-101B from Ellington AFB, Texas, and served with the
Air Defense Command for many years as a trainer and interceptor. Common with all McDonnell
fighters is the spooky names each were given (i.e., Voodoo, Demon, Banshee and Phantom).
||McDonnell Aircraft Company, later a division of
McDonnell-Douglas, St. Louis
||Two Pratt & Whitney J-57-P-55 turbojets with afterburner
|Thrust with afterburner
||2x 16,900 lb
||2x 75.18 kN
|Initial climb rate
|Max. takeoff weight
||20mm cannons; 6x AIM in weapons bay (usually 3x GAR-1 (AIM-4) semiactive radar
guided missiles and 3x GAR-2 (AIM-4B) infra-red
guided). Later version two unguided nuclear AIR-2A Genie missiles on external points.
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