YouTube – F101 Voodoo
Model B Specifications
2- 16,900 lbs ea.
2,053 US gals.
900 US gals.
67 ft. 5 in.
39 ft. 8 in.
F-101 Voodoo aircraft, built by McDonnell, trace their origins back to 1948 and the development of interceptor aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.
At conception, the F-101 Voodoo was to be a long range bomber escort. Eventually, that idea was dropped. Without air-to-air refueling, it didn’t have nearly the range necessary.
The fastest aircraft of its time, the F101 Voodoo set the absolute speed record of 1,207.34 mph on Dec. 12, 1957.
There were several F101 Voodoo versions including a low altitude fighter/bomber, interceptor, trainer, and photo reconnaissance version.
The first F-101 Voodoo flew on Sept. 29, 1954 and production of the aircraft continued through March of 1961. Almost 800 F101 Voodoo aircraft were produced in all.
Originally the F-101 Voodoo flew in the role of an interceptor aircraft. Later, it became the first supersonic U.S. aircraft used for reconnaissance.
From October 1961 through April 1964, F-101 Voodoo reconnaissance aircraft flew numerous missions over Vietnam and Laos out of Tan Son Nhut AFB near Saigon.
On February 8, 1965, in the first USAF missions against North Vietnam, F-101 Voodoo aircraft flew pathfinder duties.
In September 1967 faster, more maneuverable aircraft took over their missions over North Vietnam due to vulnerability to attack by MIG fighters. The F101 Voodoo continued to operate in the safer areas over southern Vietnam and Laos through November 16, 1970.
Total loses of 33 F-101 Voodoo aircraft incurred in Southeast Asia were 24 due to anti aircraft fire, 5 to SAM’s, 1 in air-to-air combat, 1 while on the ground, and 2 for unknown reasons.
The F101 Voodoo remained in active service with the United States Air Force through 1971. After that it served with the United States Air National Guard through 1983.
In 1961 a total of 56 McDonnell F-101 Voodoo aircraft were put into service with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Canada continued flying the aircraft through 1985.
RC F-101 Voodoo