Designation: RF-101C

McDonnell RF-101C

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo

A picture of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo

The F-101 Voodoo was conceived as a long-range escort fighter for the bombers of the Strategic Air Command.  As it turned out this was one of the few roles the versatile Voodoo did not perform.  The F-101A first flew in 1953 and quickly began setting records for speed, distance, and altitude.  The RF-101C version of the Voodoo is specially strengthened and modified to perform tactical reconnaissance missions at both high and very low altitudes. 

Service History:

Built by McDonnell Aircraft Company, St. Louis, Missouri and delivered to the U.S. Air Force on June 27, 1958.

June 1958                    To 7486th Air Base Group, Phalsbourg Air Base, France.

December 1959           To 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Laon Air Base, France.

September 1966          Unit moved to Upper Heyford, United Kingdom.

March 1969                 To 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Shaw AFB, South Carolina.

April 1969                   To 189th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas.

December 1975           To 186th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Mississippi Air National Guard, Key Field, Mississippi.

January 1979               To Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona for storage.

February 1982             Loaned to Pima Air & Space Museum by the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Wingspan 39 ft 8 in.


Length 67 ft 4 in.


Height 18 ft


Weight 47,000 lbs (loaded)


Max. Speed 1,005 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 50,300 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 1,560 miles


Engines Two Pratt & Whitney J57-P-13 turbojets with 14,880 pounds of thrust each


Crew 1



186th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Mississippi Air National Guard, Key Field, Mississippi


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