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McDonnell F-101 Voodoo references, articles and publications

Image of Early US Jet Fighters: Proposals, Projects and Prototypes

Early US Jet Fighters: Proposals, Projects and Prototypes

Tony Buttler

In the aftermath of World War II the development of military fighter aircraft in the USA continued apace to take advantage of a new form of propulsion the jet engine. With incredibly swift progress, post-war fighter design embraced supersonic types and the early development of the American jet fighter reached its maturity.

Design competitions were held which led to the F-87 to F-93 series of fighters and, not to be outdone, the US Navy ran competitions for carrier-based jets which resulted in the Douglas Skyknight, Grumman Panther and Vought Cutlass.

All projects resulted in a large number of design studies and proposals including plans for a Navy Long Range Escort Fighter (the abandoned OS-112). Some are quite well known but, following recent access to the papers in the Sarah Clark and George Spangenberg document collections in the US National Archives, many further previously unknown or unseen designs have come to light including new information on the types that were flown.

Competitions for, amongst others, the McDonnell Demon carrier based jet fighter together with flying boat fighters culminated in the first full supersonic design competitions held for each service including the MX1554 (Convair F-102 Delta Dagger) and OS-130 (Vought F8U Crusader) programs.

Early US Jet Fighter, Proposals, Projects and Prototypes tells the story of these developments backed up with three-view drawings, manufacturer's models and rare photographs.

Appendices illustrate the effort being put into this work during the 1940s and 1950s, by detailing American research establishments and test facilities, chief designers, flight characteristics and a curious one-off study of an in-flight refuelling concept.

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Voodoo Warriors: The Story of the McDonnell Voodoo Fast-jets

Nigel Walpole

During the mid-1950s the United States Air Force was given its most powerful single-seat, two-engine fighter to date. The Voodoo would be deployed before the end of that decade in the tactical nuclear bomber and tactical reconnaissance roles world-wide, and in homeland defense with the two-seat, all-weather variant. In December 1957 it took the World Air Speed Record to Mach 1.6 - over one and a half times faster than the sound barrier.

This book looks at the evolution of the original design and its introduction into service. Chapters cover operations in Korea, Vietnam, the Cuban Crisis and in Europe during the Cold War years. Many first-hand accounts from pilots are included and the author's own experiences with the aircraft are given with fascinating insight.

The Voodoo was an elegant, mean-looking fighting machine that epitomized fast flying in the fifties and sixties. It continues to be a revered airplane.

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The One-O-Wonder

Volume 29, Issue 2, 1985, Air International

Lindsay Peacock

McDonnell's F-101 Voodoo is the subject of a "warbird" feature by Lindsay Peacock, describing the origins and mixed fortuned of an aircraft that eventually have the USAF good service in a role for which it had not originally been conceived

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Image of Tactical Reconnaissance in the Cold War: 1945 to Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and the Iron Curtain

TACTICAL RECONNAISSANCE IN THE COLD WAR: 1945 to Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and The Iron Curtain

Douglas Gordon

This book describes how the United States Air Force tactical reconnaissance units operated from the end of World War II until the 1970s. This was an immensely active period that also included major conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. It was also a period of rapid technological development in aircraft and photographic techniques. The book includes the following: Introduction: The post war period in Europe and the East. The Korean Conflict and the role of the 67th TRW from 1950 to 1954. The role of the highly secret RF-86 missions over Red China and the Soviet Far East in the early to mid '50s. Also the RB-57A missions out of Bitburg and Yokota flying clandestinely over the Soviet Union and the RF-100A missions that were flown over the Soviet Union from Turkey, Rhine Maine and Yokota. United States Air Forces in Europe. The Cuban Missile Crisis and the role of the RF-101 Voodoos and RB-66s. Highly Illustrated with 164 colour & 221 Mono photos, 13 colour profiles and 9 colour insignia. Profiles designed by Robbie Robson.

This book describes how the United States Air Force tactical reconnaissance units operated from the end of World War II until the 1970s. This was an immensely active period that also included major conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. It was also a period of rapid technological development in aircraft and photographic techniques. The book includes the following: Introduction: The post war period in Europe and the East. The Korean Conflict and the role of the 67th TRW from 1950 to 1954. The role of the highly secret RF-86 missions over Red China and the Soviet Far East in the early to mid '50s. Also the RB-57A missions out of Bitburg and Yokota flying clandestinely over the Soviet Union and the RF-100A missions that were flown over the Soviet Union from Turkey, Rhine Maine and Yokota. United States Air Forces in Europe. The Cuban Missile Crisis and the role of the RF-101 Voodoos and RB-66s. Colour Profiles done by Robbie Robinson

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McDonnell F-101 Voodoo (Osprey Air Combat)

Robert F Dorr

Series: Osprey Air Combat Perfect Paperback: 198 pages Publisher: Osprey Publishing Ltd.; 1st edition (August 1987) Language: English ISBN-10: 0850457521 ISBN-13: 978-0850457520 Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8 x 0.7 inches Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

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The Fighter: Part 2 of the review

Volume 29, Issue 1, 1985, Air International

Mick Spick

Continuing the provocative review of the fighter over the past four decades, Mike Spick describes the impact of the Korean War upon fighter designers. and the period of " technological hyperactivity " in the 'sixties

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Image of Fast Jet Fighters 1948-1978

Fast Jet Fighters 1948-1978

Martin W Bowman

Voodoo, Starfighter, Thunderchiefemotive names for a new generation of fighters that trebled the speeds at which air combat was previously fought. This was the age in which speed won air battles and when many of the most beautiful airplanes ever designed could be seen flashing across the sky. 136 colour photos are featured.

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Image of Century Jets: USAF Frontline Fighters of the Cold War

Century Jets: USAF Frontline Fighters of the Cold War

David Donald

9x 12, 700 color photos, 300 b&w photosThis title contains in-depth profiles of the six operational 'Century Series' fighters developed during the Cold War: F-100 Super Sabre, F-101 Voodoo, F-102 Delta Dagger, F-104 Starfighter, F-105 Thunderchief and F-106 Delta Dart. Includes type development history, variants, service record, operators, specifications, weapons, avionics and mission systems. The book is lavishly illustrated throughout with a staggering array of photos, patches, nose art, three-view and side-view color artworks, cutaways and color three-quarter-views.2 dozen technical drawings, 13 full-color three-view artworks, 48 side-view color profiles, 4 two-page color three-quarter views, 5 two-page cutaways, 70 squadron tail markings, 100 squadron patches

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CF-101 Voodoo, Aircraft No. 2

Canadian Profile Robert McIntyre

An account of the CF 101 Voodoo,the Canadian fighter jet built by McDonnell with lots of photos and information about the plane & it's armaments.

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AIR POWER IN THE MELTING POT

Volume 8, Issue 4, 1975, Air International

Canadian military aviation has suffered many years of budgetary starvation; now, still recovering from the traumatic upheaval of service unification, it is confronted with the decision to reverse that policy and revert to a traditional air arm. Its current status and organization are fully described.

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WILLIAM TELL -1972

Volume 4, Issue 4, 1973, Air International

William Strandberg

Teams drawn from 12 units of the USAF's Air Defense Command, the ANG and the Canadian Armed Forces demonstrate their fighting proficiency in the occasional William Tell competitions. The latest and possibly last in the series is reported by William H Strandberg Jr

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Cold lake guardians

Number 104, March 1990, Flypast magazine

Robbie Shaw visits cold lake , Alberta, home of the Canadian Armed Forces test establishment and air weapons range

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VOODOO EYES

Number 231, October 2000, Flypast magazine

Concluding coverage of RF-101 Voodoos in use with USAF in Europe

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The Great SAM Hunt

Number 309, April 2007, Flypast magazine

Nigel Walpole

Having piloted Voodoos on exchange with the USAF, Gp Capt Nigel Walpole developed a respect for F-101 pilots. He recounts a low-level mission flown by colleagues over Vietnam.

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‘One-O-Wonder’

Number 334, May 2009, Flypast magazine

Peter West

In our occasional series on the USAF’s ‘century-series’ fighters, Andy Marden examines the wonderful F-101 Voodoo and Peter West zooms in on a ‘Happy Hooligan’.

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Voodoo Farewell

Volume 28, Issue 2, 1985, Air International

Robbie Shaw

The Mcdonnell Douglas F-101 Voodoo has ended its service life as a front-line fighter with its retirement by the Canadian Armed Forces — an event marked by this article by Robbie Shaw.

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Suffolk VOODOOS

Issue 5 - Winter 1999, Jets Magazine

Douglas Gordon

The mighty Voodoo was a common sight in Suffolk skies in the early 1960s, as Doug Gordon reveals

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Every Cloud had a Silver Lining

Volume 5 Issue 2, Military Aircraft Monthly (was Model Aircraft Monthly )

Kev Baxter

Models four of East Anglia’s Cold War ‘One-way’ Nuclear-Armed Fighter-Bombers. In part one the McDonnell F-101C Voodoo and Republic F-84G Thunderjet

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Cold War Warrior

Volume 59, Issue 06, 1997, Air Pictorial

Peter Foster

The Voodoo guarded the northern approaches to the American continent but, fortunately, it didn't have to fire its missiles in anger. Peter Foster looks back at the CF-101 in Canadian service.

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Image of Edwards Air Force Base: Open House at the USAF Flight Test Center 1957-1966: A Photo Chronicle of Aircraft Displayed (Schiffer Military History)

Edwards Air Force Base: Open House at the USAF Flight Test Center 1957-1966: A Photo Chronicle of Aircraft Displayed (Schiffer Military History)

Robert Archer

The USAF Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB has long been one of the most interesting test sites in the world. This pictorial history covers all of the aircraft shown publicly between 1957 and 1966, with a chapter for each year listing all of the aircraft shown, giving the manufacturer, designation, popular name and serial number. Aircraft range from the X-1B and X-5 to the XB-70, F-111 and SR-71, including nearly all of the fighters from the F-80 through the Century series, plus the Navy types. Transports, including a few civil jets, attack aircraft, trainers, bombers, helicopters, and many unusual VTOL aircraft are also fully covered in the author's more than 600 color photographs.

1/01/2004

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All-Weather Fighters: The Second Team of the United States Air Force for Much of the Cold War

Gordon B Greer

Mr. Greer outlines the not well-known aircraft and activities of the United States Air Force's all-weather fighters during the first part of the Cold War. He covers the organization, development and decline of the all-weather force in response to the Soviet Union's long-range strategic bomber force equipped with atomic weapons. The author describes not only the individual aircraft from the early night fighters of World War II through the F-106A of the seventies and beyond but also the control organization that directed them until the whole operation was made superfluous by the ballistic missile standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union in the latter half of the Cold War.

11/09/2006

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Armed Forces Day

Issue 2 - Spring 1999, Jets Magazine

Mike Hooks

Gone forever, USAFE's Armed Forces Days were a highligh t for aviation enthusiasts 40 years ago. Luckily for us, Mike Hooks attended many of these events with his trusty camera

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Voodoo 'Eyes'

Number 229, August 2000, Flypast magazine

Douglas Gordon

Doug Gordon Examines The Tactical Recce Mcdonnell Rf-101C Voodoos Of The Usaf Europe's 66Th Wing.

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Image of Canadian MiG Flights

Canadian MiG Flights

Harold Skaarup

This book is a collection of "there I was" stories highlighting the experiences of Canadian Forces pilots who have had the opportunity of a lifetime to fly in the combat aircraft operated by former adversaries. Technical descriptions of key Soviet-built fighter jets such as the MiG-15, MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-25, MiG-29, Sukhoi Su-22 and Su-27 are included for general reference.The Canadian Fighter pilots mentioned in the story have generously provided their observations and comments on their specific experiences of flight in aircraft such as the MiG-29 (NATO codenamed Fulcrum), Sukhoi Su-22 (codenamed Fitter) and Su-27 (codenamed Flanker), both in Canada and overseas. The stories as told first hand by the pilots who contributed them should provide interesting reading for aviation enthusiasts of all ages.An Annex listing aircraft known to have been brought to the West by defecting pilots since 1949 is also included. The Annex briefly describes pilots and aircraft and the circumstances that brought the various defectors to the west, including the MiG-15 flown to South Korea by Lieutenant No Kum-Sok and the MiG-25 flown to Japan by Lieutenant Viktor Belenko. Brief details of Soviet-built aircraft later flown in NATO opposition force flight test programs are also included.

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Image of Voodoo Warriors: The Story of the McDonnell Voodoo Fast-jets

VOODOO WARRIORS: The Story of the McDonnell Voodoo Fast-jets

Nigel Walpole

During the mid-1950s the United States Air Force was given its most powerful single-seat, two-engine fighter to date. The Voodoo would be deployed before the end of that decade in the tactical nuclear bomber and tactical reconnaissance roles world-wide, and in homeland defense with the two-seat, all-weather variant. In December 1957 it took the World Air Speed Record to Mach 1.6 - over one and a half times faster than the sound barrier.

This book looks at the evolution of the original design and its introduction into service. Chapters cover operations in Korea, Vietnam, the Cuban Crisis and in Europe during the Cold War years. Many first-hand accounts from pilots are included and the authors own experiences with the aircraft are given with fascinating insight. The Voodoo was an elegant, mean-looking fighting machine that epitomized fast flying in the fifties and sixties. It continues to be a revered airplane.

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Military Aircraft of the 1960s

Gerry Manning

The 1960s was an era in which many countries still had large air forces flying a wide range of aircraft, and often they were decked out in very colorful markings. Compared to the grey aircraft of today, military aircraft in the 1960s were a kaleidoscope of colors. During that decade, Gerry Manning was busily traveling and recording a large archive of color images of military aircraft of the time, and the images in this book are drawn from that archive. Includes a wide variety of aircraft from the Royal Air Force, as well as several aircraft from the United States, NATO, and unaligned countries including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Holland, Germany, Jordan, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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Image of U.S. Air Force Interceptors: A Military Photo Logbook 1946-1979

U.S. Air Force Interceptors: A Military Photo Logbook 1946-1979

Marty Isham

Following the successful format of previous Specialty Press Military Photo Logbooks, this book offers readers an excellent photo compilation of all the great USAF Air Defense Command interceptors from the entire Cold War era. Beginning after World War II with the propeller-driven Northrop P-61 Black Widow and North American F-82 Twin Mustang, the Air Force's aerial intercept mission entered the jet age with the fabled North American F-86 Sabre, Northrop F-89 Scorpion, and Lockheed F-94 Starfire, all of which are still high-interest aircraft today. Colorful and unique mission-support airplanes such as the C-124, EB-57, EC-121 Constellation, and T-33 are included as well as the famed next-generation Century Series supersonic Air Force interceptors such as the McDonnell F-101B Voodoo, Convair's F-102 Delta Dagger and F-106 Delta Dart twins, and the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. All the great aircraft flown by the Air Defense Command are well documented here with rare archival and candid photography.

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CENTURY SERIES: F-101 Voodoo

Volume 9 Issue 4, 2008, Combat Aircraft Magazine

Walpole N

Nigel Walpole, who flew the Voodoo as an RAF exchange officer, profiles McDonnell's'One-0-Wonder'in the second of our new series on the 'Century Series'fighters

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