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Developed from the XF-88 penetration fighter, the F-101 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-101Bs, the 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-101s were used widely for low-altitude photo coverage of missile sites during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and during the late 1960s in Southeast Asia.

This RF-101 served with the Michigan ANG at Selfridge ANG Base.

 

SPECIFICATIONS
Span: 39 ft. 8 in.
Length: 69 ft. 3 in.
Height: 18 ft. 0 in.
Weight: 49300 lbs. max.
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney J57-P-55s of 15,000 lbs. thrust ea. (in afterburner)
Crew: Two
Cost: $1,276,245
Serial number: 56-048
 

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed: 1,000 mph.
Cruising speed: 550 mph.
Range: 2060 miles
Service Ceiling: 45,800 ft.