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Dover Air Force Base in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

F-101B

Voodoo

 

S/N 59-428

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2019
1. F-101B Marker
Inscription.  From 1951 until 1973, Dover AFB had the additional mission of hosting fighters from the Air Defense Command's 98th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS). The squadron flew F-101s from 1959 until 1963 when they moved to New York. The mission of the 98th was to defend Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York against enemy bomber attacks.

The museum's F-101, painted in the colors of the 98th FIS, is one of the 480 B-models produced. First flown in 1954, the career of the F-101 is surprisingly long.

The last F-101s were retired from active service in 1987. McDonnell's Voodoo was one of the largest and most complex fighters ever built in America and could rapidly intercept enemy aircraft thousands of miles at sea.

Hangar 1301, now the Air Mobility Command Museum, was once home to the 98th FIS aircraft.

Specifications
Manufacturer: McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
Type: Tactical fighter-bomber
Powerplant Two 14,850-lb-thrust Pratt & Whitney J57-P-13 turbojet engines at maximum afterburner
Maximum Sped: Mach 1.9/1,229 mph
Range:
F-101B Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2019
2. F-101B Marker
1,885 mi.
Service Ceiling: 51,988 ft
Max Takeoff Weight: 45,665
Crew: Pilot and radar observer
Weapons: Four 20-mm cannons, 6,710 lb of bombs, including tactical nuclear weapons
Dimensions:
Wing Span: 39 ft 8 in
Length: 67 ft 5 in
Height: 18 ft 0 in

[Captions:]
Above: A mechanic towing his toolbox bicycles past a 98th Fighter Interceptor Squadron Voodoo on the Dover AFB flight line.

The Voodoo housed most of its fuel internally in nine tanks running along the spine of the aircraft from behind the cockpit to the fin. Total fuel capacity was 2,000 gallons.

Due to the swept wing and high T-tail design, the Voodoo had the tendency to pitch up before stalling if critical angle of attack was exceeded. The tailplane or horizontal stabilizer was an all-moving unit with a VHF antenna on top of the fin.

F-101Bs could carry the Genie nuclear air-to-air missile.

The J57 engine was powerful for its day, rated at 14,850 lb of thrust with maximum afterburner, reaching Mach 1.9.

 
Location. 39° 7.114′ N, 75° 27.45′ W. Marker is in Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker can be reached from Heritage Road 0.7 miles west
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of Bayside Drive (Delaware Route 9), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 Heritage Road, Dover AFB DE 19902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. C-131D (a few steps from this marker); F-106A (within shouting distance of this marker); C-141A (within shouting distance of this marker); C-54M (within shouting distance of this marker); A-26C (within shouting distance of this marker); C-7A (within shouting distance of this marker); C-9A/C (within shouting distance of this marker); C-141B (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover Air Force Base.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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