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F-101 Voodoo Fighter Plane of the U.S. Air Force

The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was a supersonic fighter planedesigned to escort bombers and serve as a fighter bomber, an all-weather interceptor and a photo reconnaissance aircraft. It served during the Cuban Missile Crisis and during the Vietnam War.

F-101 Voodoo S/N 32440 on tarmac

The Voodoos were designed as long-range, twinjet fighters to escort bombers, attack distant targets and provide close support for ground troops. Attack fighter, interceptor and reconnaissance versions served with the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air, Air Defense and Tactical Air Commands and in Canada.

The F-101 made its first flight on September 29, 1954. The first production F-101A became operational in May 1957, followed by the F-101C in September 1957 and the F-101B in January 1959.

A total of 807 F-101 aircraft were produced. The last Voodoo was retired in 1986.

Technical Specifications of the F-101 Voodoo

Armament: Two AIR-2A rockets plus two AIM-4 guided missiles
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney J57-P-55s of 16,900 lbs. thrust each with afterburner
Crew: Two
Maximum speed: 1,095 mph
Cruising speed: 545 mph
Range: 1,754 miles

Ceiling: 52,100 ft.
Span: 39 ft. 8 in.
Length: 71 ft. 1 in.
Height: 18 ft. 0 in.
Weight: 52,400 lbs. maximum

F-101 Voodoo Photographs from the Airplanes of the Past Archives

McDonnell F-101B Voodoo S/N 57-0282 restored and on display in Tucson, Arizona
McDonnell F-101B Voodoo S/N 57-0282
F-101 Voodoo S/N 57-252, Hill AFB, near Salt Lake City
F-101 Voodoo S/N 57-252
F-101 Voodoo S/N 57-252
F-101 Voodoo S/N 57-252
F-101 Voodoo, S/N 90418, on display at the March Field Air Museum in California
F-101 Voodoo, S/N 90418, on display at the March Field Air Museum in California
F-101 Voodoo at Eglin AFB, Fort Walton, Florida
F-101 Voodoo at Eglin AFB
F-101B Voodoo, S/N 90426, outside the gate of Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, South Dakota
F-101B Voodoo, S/N 90426
F-101B Voodoo, S/N 90426, left rear section view
F-101B Voodoo, S/N 90426, left rear section view
F-101B Voodoo, S/N 90426, tail section, in Rapid City SD
F-101B Voodoo, S/N 90426, South Dakota Air & Space Museum outside the gate of Ellsworth AFB


F-101 Voodoo Photographs by Our Friends and Supporters

F-101 Voodoo, S/N 32426, at Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico
(photo by Andrew Hersey)
F-101 Voodoo, S/N 32426, on display at Cannon AFB, Clovis, New Mexico
F-101 Voodoo at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington
(photo by Michael Hoschouer)
F-101 Voodoo on display at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington
F-101B Voodoo at Rock Springs, Wyoming
(photo by Michael Hoschouer)
F-101B Voodoo on display at Rock Springs, Wyoming
CF-101B of the Royal Canadian Air Force at the Peterson Air & Space Museum in Colorado Springs, CO
(photo by Michael Hoschouer)
CF-101B on display at the Peterson Air & Space Museum in Colorado Springs, CO
F-101B on display at Malstrom Air Force Base, Montana
(photo by Michael Hoschouer)
F-101B on display at Malstrom Air Force Base, Montana
F-101B on display at Pocatello, Idaho
(photo by Michael Hoschouer)
F-101B on display at Pocatello, Idaho


USAF F-101 Voodoo Photos

F-101 Voodoo on tarmac
F-101 Voodoo on tarmac
F-101 Voodoo on tarmac
F-101 Voodoo on tarmac
F-101 Voodoo S/N 80338 on tarmac
F-101 Voodoo S/N 80338
F-101 Voodoo S/N 32440 on tarmac
F-101 Voodoo S/N 32440 on tarmac

Historic Postcard of the F-101 Voodoo from the PlanesOfThePast Collection

F-101 Voodoo supersonic, long-range fighter, Buzz Number FB-418, in flight, as shown in this historic postcard
F-101 Voodoo supersonic, long-range fighter, Buzz Number FB-418, in flight