F-101 Voodoo Escort Fighter
Manufacturer: McDonnell Aircraft (later McDonnell-Douglas and The Boeing Company)
Production Period: 1957 to 1961
Number Produced: 885 total all sources
Production Series: F-101A, B & C, RF-101A, B,C,G; EF-101B, CF-101B, F
Roles: The F-101 Voodoo is a supersonic long-range escort fighter designed to accompany Strategic Air Command bombers if they were ever called upon to carry out their nuclear strike mission against the Soviet Union. The Voodoo never served in this particular role; however, it eventually emerged as tactical reconnaissance aircraft, as an all-weather long-range interceptor and as nuclear strike aircraft.
(Varies by model)
MAXIMUM SPEED: 1,134 mph (Mach 1.72)
SERVICE CEILING: 56,000 feet + above sea level
RANGE: 1,520 miles
WEAPONS: F-101A: three M39 20mm cannons; F-101B: four AIM-4 Falcon short-range air-to-air missiles or two AIM-4 Falcon and two AIR-2 Genie nuclear rockets
LENGTH: 67 Feet, 5 inches
WINGSPAN: 39 feet, 5 inches
HEIGHT: 18 feet
POWERPLANT: F-101A: two Pratt & Whitney J57P-13 turbojet engines with afterburner, providing 15,000 lbs. of thrust each; F-101B: two Pratt & Whitney J57P-55 turbojet engines with afterburner, providing 16,900 lbs. of thrust each
ACHIEVEMENTS: The Voodoo served in a variety of other roles, including the fighter-bomber, all weather interceptor aircraft and photo reconnaissance roles. RF-101s were used for low-attitude photo coverage of missile sites during the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis and during the mid to late 1960s in the Vietnam War.
A/C SN: 58-0324
Date Acquired: May 2005
From: Kal Aero Service, Dulzura Ca.
Displayed: November 2006
Manufactured by McDonnell Aircraft, St. Louis MO and gained by the USAF on 6 June 1960.
1960 to 478th Fighter Wing (Air Defense Command) Grand Forks AFB ND. (Deployments to Tyndall AFB Fla.)
1961 Converted to F-101F
1963 to 18th Fighter Interceptor Sq. (ADC), Grand Forks AFB (deployments to Shaw AFB SC and Peterson AFB, CO)
1969 to 189th Tactical Reconnaissance Group (Air National Guard, Little Rock AFB AR
1975 to 123rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (ANG) Standford AP, KY
1976 to Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
1986 Dropped from inventory by transfer to Museum status
SN 58-0324 was assigned to the 189th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Arkansas, from Nov 1969 to Dec 1975. The 189th TRG and it's flying Squadron, the 154th Tactical Recon Squadron, were the first Air National Guard units to be equipped with the F-101 Voodoo. Because of the Pueblo crisis, the 189th TRG was called to active duty in January 1968. In July, the 154th TRS deployed to Itazuke AB, Japan. In December, the Squadron was released from active duty and return to inactive status at LRAFB and assumed the RF-101 Replacement Training Unit (RTU) mission from active Air Force.
Erected by Joe Davies Heritage Airpark.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
Location. 34° 36.153′ N, 118° 5.271′ W. Marker is in Palmdale, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on E Avenue P west of 25th Street E, on the right when traveling west. Located at Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, open Fri-Sun 11-4. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2001 E Avenue P, Palmdale CA 93551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William J. "Pete" Knight (a few steps from this marker); MK-20 Rockeye Cluster Bomb Unit (within shouting distance of this marker); A-4AR Cockpit Trainer
Also see . . . Joe Davies Heritage Airpark. (Submitted on March 23, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
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