McDonnell F-101F “Voodoo”

Our Aircraft’s History

McDonnell F-101F-91-MC “Voodoo” (S/N 57-0342; MSN #520) ~ This sleek Voodoo was manufactured by McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, Missouri in August of 1959 as a F-101B-90-MC and delivered to the US Air Force on August 20th, 1959.  First being with the 52nd Consolidated Maintenance Squadron, Air Defense Command, Suffolk Air Force Base, New York.

  • January 1960 – 444th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, ADC, Charleston AFB, South Carolina; deployed to Hamilton AFB, California
  • February 1961 – Converted to F-101F
  • October 1962 – 4756th Air Defense Group, ADC, Tyndall AFB, Florida
  • January 1968 – Air Defense Weapons Center, ADC, Tyndall AFB, Florida
  • May 1971 – 147th Fighter-Interceptor Group, Texas Air National Guard (ANG), NAS, Ellington, Texas
  • April 1978 – 111th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Texas ANG, Ellington NAS, Texas
  • July 1982 – Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center, Davis-Monthan, AFB, Arizona
  • May 1985 – Dropped from Inventory by transfer to museum status
  • June 1998 – Transferred to the Florida Military Aviation Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida by the US Air Force Museum

This museum became defunct and with military approval, was recovered and transferred to the MAPS Air Museum in November 2004, where it is maintained by Crew Chief Kent Kleinknecht.

Specifications/Performance (F-101B)

  • Role: Fighter/Interceptor
  • Manufacturer: McDonnell Aircraft
  • First flight: September 29, 1954
  • Introduction: May 1957
  • Retired from the US Military: 1982 (US ANG)
  • Number built: 807
  • Unit cost: US $1,754,066
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 67 ft 5 in
  • Wingspan: 39 ft 8 in
  • Height: 18 ft
  • Empty Weight: 28,495 lbs
  • Max takeoff weight: 52,400 lbs
  • Engines: 2 x Pratt & Whitney J57-P-55 afterburning turbojets, 11,990 lbf thrust each dry, 16,900 lbf with afterburner
  • Max speed 1,134 mph (Mach 1.72)
  • Range: 1,520 mi
  • Service ceiling: 58,400 ft

Armament, notable

  • 4 (originally 6) x AIM-4 Falcon rockets, or
  • 2 x AIR-2 Genie nuclear rockets, plus 2 x AIM-4 Falcon rockets

Museum display note: Our F-101F was recently (November 2019) freshly re-painted and marked as a F-101B (S/N 57-0276) to pay homage to the 87th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (ADC) stationed at Lockborne AFB from 1960-68, which is now Rickenbacher Air National Guard Base, Ohio.

Designed to replace: North American P-51 “Mustang”

Designed from: XF-88 “VooDoo” program

Intended successor aircraft: F-4 “Phantom II”