RF-101C VOODOO

Adopted by Cub Scout Pack 90

This reconnaissance version of the F-101 fighter built by McDonnell was the first photo recon aircraft capable of flying faster than the speed of sound (approximately 760 mph at sea level). It saw service in Vietnam and was used to confirm the dismantling of Russian missiles in Cuba at the end of the Cuban missile crisis. 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. It was flown by Michigan ANG units at Selfridge from 1971 to 1973. This aircraft was returned to Selfridge by the Mississippi ANG in 1979.

 

AIRCRAFT STATISTICS
Wingspan: 39' 8"
Length: 69' 3"
Height: 18' 0"
Weight: 49,300 lbs. max.
Engine: Pratt & Whitney J-57-P-55 (2)
Thrust: 15,000 lbs. ea. (in afterburner)
Crew: 2
Serial No.: 56-048
Cost: $1,276,245
Maximum Speed: 1,000 mph
Cruising Speed: 550 mph
Range: 2,060 miles
Service Ceiling: 45,800 ft.
1st Flight: 1954

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