RF-101 Voodoo

The story of when USAF replaced the debris of a crashed F-117 with those of a crashed F-101 Voodoo to keep the Nighthawk Secret

The story of when USAF replaced the debris of a crashed F-117 with those of a crashed F-101 Voodoo to keep the Nighthawk Secret

The crashed F-101 Voodoo had been in storage at the secretive Area 51 in Nevada for more than 20 years,… Read More

9 months ago

Ghosts of Groom Lake: the story of the F-101 Voodoo aircraft tasked to support the then top-secret A-12 program test flights at Area 51

In addition to their A-12 chase and training duties, these F-101 Voodoos were tasked with the interception of any unauthorized… Read More

1 year ago

The story of when legendary ace Robin Olds put on a Thunderbirds-style show with four F-101s to get off of the promotion list for brigadier general to become a combat wing commander in Vietnam

The F-101s put on a spectacular Thunderbirds-style show ending with the signature "bomb-burst" maneuver. The performance had the desired effect.… Read More

1 year ago

Video shows F-89 Scorpion interceptor conducting the first and only live test of a USAF AIR-2 Genie nuclear-tipped air-to-air rocket

Taken on Jul. 19, 1957 the video in this post features a USAF Northrop F-89J Scorpion conducting the first and… Read More

2 years ago

Once an F-101 pilot tried to race against an SR-71. He gave up when the Blackbird’s RSO asked him how fast his Voodoo could climb above 80,000 feet.

‘On takeoff roll, an F-101 came upon our wing; he was going to race us whether we wanted to or… Read More

2 years ago

This RF-101C pilot had his Voodoo hit by ground fire during a dangerous recce mission over North Vietnam but he continued on the photo run until it exploded and crashed

On Jul. 29, 1965, RF-101C Voodoo pilot Capt. Jack Weatherby volunteered to lead an extremely dangerous photo mission against a… Read More

3 years ago

How the Delta 2 supersonic research aircraft broke the world air speed record beating that held by the F-100 Super Sabre

It was the ease with which the aeroplane passed into the supersonic regime, with none of the violent behaviour experienced… Read More

3 years ago

Voodoo over Cuba: the RF-101 Involvement in the Missile Crisis of October 1962

The RF-8A pilots also cast doubt upon the ability of USAF photo interpreters, and they were annoyed that the USAF… Read More

4 years ago

RF-4C cockpit recording captures the moment its wingman is shot down by North Vietnamese SA-2

RF-4C Phantom tail #69-0355 went down during "Vietnam Ceasefire" ops while serving with the 14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron of the… Read More

5 years ago

THE STORY OF OPERATION SUN RUN, THE RF-101C VOODOO MISSION THAT SET THREE NEW TRANSCONTINENTAL SPEED RECORDS

Two RF-101s had to fly round-trip from Los Angeles to New York and back again and two Voodoos had to… Read More

7 years ago