McDonnell F-101B Voodoo

A picture of the McDonnell F-101B 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 success of the early Voodoos led to the decision to create a two-seat all-weather interceptor version designated F-101B.  This variant first flew in 1957 and began equipping squadrons of the Air Defense Command in 1959.  The F-101B continued to fly with the Air National Guard until September 1982.

Service History:

Built by McDonnell Aircraft Company, St. Louis, Missouri and delivered to the U.S. Air Force on May 28, 1959.

May 1959                    To 78th Fighter Group, Hamilton AFB, California.

November 1960          To Oklahoma City Air Material Area for maintenance.

January 1961               To 414th Fighter Group, Oxnard Airport, California.

October 1961              To Oklahoma City Air Material Area for maintenance.

June 1962                    To 78th Fighter Group, Hamilton AFB, California.

July 1968                     To 445th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan.

October 1968              To 75th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan.

November 1969          To 18th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota.

Wingspan

39 ft 8 in.

Length

67 ft 4 in.

Height

18 ft

Weight

52,400 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

1,094 MPH

Service Ceiling

51,000 ft

Range

1,388 miles

Engines

Two Pratt & Whitney J57-P-55 turbojets with 16,900 pounds of thrust each

Crew

2

Manufacturer
McDonnell

Markings
107th Fighter-Interceptor Group, New York Air National Guard, Niagara Falls Airport, New York, 1972

Designation
F-101B

Serial Number
57-0282

June 1970                    To 60th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Otis AFB, Maine.

April 1971                   To 107th Tactical Fighter Group, New York Air National Guard, Niagara Falls Airport, New York.

October 1972              Unit redesignated 107th Fighter-Interceptor Group.

April 1976                   To Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona for storage.

June 1981                    Loaned to Pima Air & Space Museum by the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

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