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2- 16,900 lbs ea.
six air-to-air
28,970 lbs.
52,400 lbs.
2,053 US gals.
900 US gals.
67 ft. 5 in.
39 ft. 8 in.
550 mph
1,135 mph
49,200 fpm
58,400 feet
1,930 miles

F101 Voodoo
F101 Voodoo
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F101 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 F101 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 F101 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 F101 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, F101 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, F101 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 F101 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 F101 Voodoo aircraft were put into service with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Canada continued flying the aircraft through 1985.

F-101 Voodoo
F101 Voodoo

Pictured above and immediately below is the immaculate F101 Voodoo scratch built by Alex Ripley. Wingspan is 53.5" and the length is 78".  Alex powers it with a PST J600 turbine.

F101 Voodoo
F101 Voodoo

F101 Voodoo

That's Daniel Mendoza's scratch built F101 Voodoo. It has a wingspan of 32" with an overall length of 49". The driving forces are a pair of HET-4W motors spinning Wemotec 480 minifan units.

F101 Voodoo

The F101 Voodoo scratch built by the Italian RC Jet Team has a wingspan of 63" and a length of 98". Power is by a Jet Cat 120 turbine. All up weight is 21 lbs.

F101 Voodoo

Tthe F101 Voodoo comes in a kit from Green Air Designs. Its wingspan is 31" and length is 45". Weight is about 2 lbs. You will need a motor and from 64 mm to 70 mm ducted fan for propulsion.

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