The F-101 "Voodoo", built by McDonnell Douglas,
originally was designed as a long-range bomber escort for the
Strategic Air Command. However, when high-speed,
high-altitude jet bombers such as the B-52 entered active
service, escort fighters were not needed. Therefore, before
production began, the F-101's design was changed to fill both
tactical and air defense roles.
The F-101 made its first flight on Sep. 29, 1954. The first production F-101A became operational in May
1957, followed by the F-101C in Sep. 1957 and the F-101B in Jan. 1959. By the time F-101 production
ended in March 1961, McDonnell had built 785 Voodoos including 480 F-101B's, a two-seat,
all-weather interceptor used by the Air Defense Command. In the reconnaissance versions, the Voodoo
was the world's first supersonic photo-recon aircraft. These RF-101,s were used widely for low-altitude
photo coverage of missile sites during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and during the late 1960's in
Source and Link: U.S.A.F. Museum.
(Scale: 1/48, Length: 17", Wing Span: 10")
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