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.

From January 1960, the F-101B spent time with the 444th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, ADC, Charleston AFB in South Carolina before being transferred to Hamilton AFB in California.  There, in February 1961, the Voodoo received an upgrade to the F-101F that it is today.

This aircraft hoped around for the next two decades, ending in the 111th Fighter-Interceptor Group, Texas Air National Guard, Naval Air Station, Ellington, Texas in April 1978.

After being in storage/museum status for 16 years, she was transferred to the Florida Military Aviation Museum of St. Petersburg, Florida  in June of 1998.  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.

MAPS Air 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.

 

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

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

Designed from: XF-88 “VooDoo” program

Intended successor aircraft: F-4 “Phantom II”