Kevin Keaveney - McDonnell F-101B/F
Aerofax | 1984 | ISBN: 0942548108 | 42 pages | PDF | 81.15 MB
Aerofax Minigraph 5
The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was a supersonic military fighter flown by the USAF and the RCAF. In the late 1940s, the Air Force had started a research project into future interceptor aircraft that eventually settled on an advanced specification known as the 1954 interceptor. Contracts for this specification eventually resulted in the selection of the F-102 Delta Dagger, but by 1952 it was becoming clear that none of the parts of the specification other than the airframe would be ready by 1954; the engines, weapons and fire control systems were all going to take too long to get into service. An effort was then started to quickly produce an interim supersonic design to replace the various subsonic interceptors then in service, and the F-101 airframe was selected as a starting point.
Although McDonnell proposed the designation F-109 for the new aircraft (which was to be a substantial departure from the basic Voodoo), the USAF assigned the designation F-101B. The Voodoo featured a modified cockpit to carry a crew of two, with a larger and more rounded forward fuselage to hold a Hughes MG-13 fire control radar. F-101F was the dual-control trainer version of F-101B.
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