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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Voodoo







Here are some images plus a Photoshop composite of Revell's 1/48 scale McDonnell F-101 Voodoo. From Wikipedia "

The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was a supersonic military fighter flown by the USAF and the RCAF. Initially designed by McDonnell Aircraft as a long-range bomber escort (known as a penetration fighter) for the Strategic Air Command (SAC), the Voodoo was instead developed as a nuclear armed fighter bomber for the Tactical Air Command (TAC), and as a photo reconnaissance aircraft based on the same airframe. Extensively modified versions were produced as an all-weather interceptor aircraft, serving with the Air Defense Command, later renamed the Aerospace Defense Command (ADC), the Air National Guard, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the unified Canadian Forces after 1968.

The Voodoo's career as a strike fighter was relatively brief, but the reconnaissance versions served for some time. Along with the US Air Force's U-2 and US Navy's RF-8 Crusaders, the RF-101 reconnaissance variant of the Voodoo was instrumental during the Cuban Missile Crisis and saw extensive service during the Vietnam War.[3] Interceptor versions served with the Air National Guard until 1982, and in Canadian service they were a front line part of NORAD until their replacement with the 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 F-4 Phantom II, one of the most successful Western fighter designs of the 1960s. The Phantom would retain the twin engines, twin crew for interception duties, and a tail mounted well above and behind the jet exhaust. Both aircraft were influenced by the same company's F-3 Demon, a carrier-based naval fighter-interceptor that served during the 1950s and early 1960s.

4 comments:

Pablo J. Álvarez said...

Yes i know the model and I think before was a Revell/monogram kit.
You don`t need Japanese marks. However is a fine work.

Warren Zoell said...

Actually this kit started out as Revell then Revell/Monogram and now Revell again. I notice you do some Photoshop work of your models as well, Great stuff.

Anonymous said...

Nice work yet again there Warren. The 101 was a big, unforgiving beast but as you said, a step toward the F-4.

Dave

Warren Zoell said...

I remember airshows at the Namao air force base. Every year the airshow would start with two Voodoos going faster than the speed of sound very low over our heads. Enough to make you crap your pants. Not for the weak of heart.