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The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo USAF twin-engined long range escort fighter .
In World War II the long range bombers over Germany and Japan needed fighter escort. The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo twin-engined fighter was originally designed as a modern version of the long range escort fighter to accompany the bombers of the Strategic Air Command. During the Cold war their job was to accompany bomber on their mission of nuclear strike against the Soviet Union. Thankfully the Voodoo never took part in that mission.
The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was the first fighter capable of exceeding 1000 mph in level flight. Later on it was mainly used as a long-range interceptor, a tactical reconnaissance aircraft and as a nuclear strike aircraft. The reconnaissance version was the only type that ever saw combat, flying over North Vietnam. It had a serious flaw in that the Voodoo had a tendency to pitch up into a nose-high attitude without warning because of a problem which was caused by the way in which air flowed over its wings and under its high tail. An active inhibitor was installed to address this problem.
The pilot was given an ejector seat. Airbrakes and a parachute were fitted in order to allow the plane to land on shorter runways. The McDonnell F101 Voodoo was able to refuel in midair. It was armed with four 20-mm cannon as well as air-to-air missiles and air to ground rockets. It also had a LABS (Low-Altitude Bombing System) for the delivery of nuclear bombs. The F-101 Voodoos began leaving the USAF list of active service aircraft in 1965-66, when 27 of them were transferred to the Air National Guard. The last reconnaissance Voodoos were withdrawn from service in 1979.
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