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McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo cockpit view

Cockpit view of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo cockpit view

Cockpit view of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo cockpit view

Cockpit view of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo interior nose view.

Interior nose view of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo interior nose view.

Interior nose view of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo interior nose view.

Interior nose view of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo interior nose view.

Interior nose view of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo interior nose view.

Interior nose view of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo cockpit view
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Cockpit view of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo cockpit view
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Cockpit view of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

cockpit views of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo
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Interior and cockpit views of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

cockpit views of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo
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Interior and cockpit views of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

cockpit views of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo
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Interior and cockpit views of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

cockpit views of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo
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Interior and cockpit views of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

cockpit views of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo
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Interior and cockpit views of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

cockpit views of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo
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Interior and cockpit views of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo right engine intake view.
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Right engine intake view of the McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, the first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo aircraft.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

Front view of museum aircraft McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo aircraft.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo aircraft.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo aircraft.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

Underside view of museum aircraft McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo aircraft.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo aircraft.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo aircraft.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

Underside view of museum aircraft McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo aircraft.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

Rear view of museum aircraft McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo aircraft.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo aircraft.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

View of museum aircraft McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo tail.
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo on display in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This aircraft is a photo reconnaissance version of the fighter. The Voodoo was the world's first supersonic photo reconnaissance aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees)

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- McDonnell RF-101C cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The F-101 lineage included several versions: low-altitude fighter-bomber, photo reconnaissance, two-seat interceptor and transition trainer. To accelerate production, no prototypes were built. The first Voodoo, an F-101A fighter version, made its initial flight on Sept. 29, 1954. Development of the unarmed RF-101, the world's first supersonic photo-reconnaissance aircraft, began in 1956. When production ended in March 1961, 807 Voodoos had been built. While 35 RF-101As and 166 RF-101Cs were produced, some single- and dual-seat Voodoos were converted to the reconnaissance configuration and redesignated RF-101Bs, RF-101Gs and RF-101Hs later in their operational lives.

The RF-101C on display participated in Operation Sun Run in 1957. This Voodoo also flew vital low-altitude reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis and helped confirm that offensive missile sites in Cuba were being dismantled. It also served in Southeast Asia with the 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. It was flight delivered from the 153rd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Mississippi Air National Guard at Key Field, Miss., to the museum on Oct. 27, 1978.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: One MK-28 or MK-43 thermonuclear bomb (optional)
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney J57s of 15,000 lbs. thrust each with afterburner
Maximum speed: 1,000 mph
Cruising speed: 550 mph
Range: 2,060 miles
Ceiling: 45,800 ft.
Span: 39 ft. 8 in.
Length: 69 ft. 3 in.
Height: 18 ft.
Weight: 51,000 lbs. maximum
Serial number: 56-166

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