Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
McDonnell RF-101C "Voodoo"
Ordered in 1951 by the Strategic Air command as a long-range escort fighter, the F-101 lineage included several versions: Low-altitude fighter-bomber; photo-reconnaissance; two-seat interceptor; and transition trainer. To accelerate production, no prototypes were built and the first Voodoo, an F-101A, made its initial flight on September 29, 1954. When production ended in March 1961, nearly 800 Voodoos had been built. Development of the unarmed RF-101, the world's first supersonic photo-recon aircraft, began in 1956. While 35 RF-101As and 166 RF-101Cs were produced, many earlier single-seat Voodoos were converted to recons. RF-101Cs played a vital role in the Vietnam War, where they flew low and fast into some of the heaviest air defenses in history.
The RF-101C on display (S/N 56-135) was delivered on April 27, 1959. It served with the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, the 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, and the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing before going to the Air National Guard in 1971.
Span: 39 ft. 8 in.
Length: 69 ft. 3 in.
Height: 18 ft.
Weight: 51,000 lbs.,
Armament: One MK-28 or MK-43
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney J57s of 15,000 lbs. thrust each with afterburner
Maximum speed: 1,000 mph
Cruising speed: 550 mph
Range: 2,060 miles
Service ceiling: 45,800 ft.
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
Erected by United States Air Force.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Cold • War, Vietnam.
Location. 32° 22.987′ N, 86° 20.73′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Chennault Circle east of Twining Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is in the Maxwell Air Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McDonnell Douglas F-4D "Phantom II" (a few steps from this marker); 1Lt Karl W. Richter (a few steps from this marker); Republic F-105D "Thunderchief" (a few steps from this marker); North American F-100D "Super Sabre" (a few steps from this marker); Monument to Powered Flight (within shouting North American F-86A "Sabre" (within shouting distance of this marker); British and Commonwealth Pilots Trained in the U.S.A. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boeing B-52D "Stratofortress" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
Also see . . .
1. McDonnell RF-101 Voodoo Film. (Submitted on April 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. F-101 Voodoo Fighter (Boeing). (Submitted on April 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 574 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.