|McDonnell F-101 VooDoo A Century Series Fighter|
There were 807 F-101 Voodoo's built. The Voodoo's career as a fighter-bomber was relatively brief, but the reconnaissance versions served for some time. The RF-101 reconnaissance variant of the Voodoo was instrumental during the Cuban Missile Crisis and saw extensive service during the Vietnam War. Interceptor versions served with the Air National Guard until 1982. In Canadian service they were a front line part of NORAD until their replacement with the McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet in the 1980s. While the Voodoo was a moderate success, it may have been more important as an evolutionary step towards its replacement in most roles, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, one of the most successful Western fighter designs of the 1960s.
F-101 Serial Number 53-2418 was the first production A-model delivered to Edwards AFB in August 1954. Its maiden flight was on 29 September 1954 with McDonnell test pilot Robert C. Little. Test flight results: Mach 0.9 at 35,000 ft (10,500 m), with a maximum test speed to Mach 1.4. This aircraft is now privately owned and is in the Evergreen Maintenance Center in Marana, Arizona to undergo restoration for display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. It was previously on display at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum.