McDonnell TF-101F Voodoo

McDonnell TF-101F Voodoo

About the Aircraft

McDonnell TF-101F Voodoo

The Hickory Aviation Museum’s TF-101F “Voodoo” Serial Number 56-0243 is on loan from the National Museum of the US Air Force.

The McDonnell TF-101F Voodoo is a twin engine, dual control operational supersonic jet trainer. Twenty Four were built from F-101B airframes by extending the fuselages for the second cockpit. The F-101 first entered service in 1957 and the primary mission was a supersonic nuclear armed fighter bomber, but the aircraft also was used for photo reconnaissance. The Voodoo has a top speed of 1,134 mph (Mach 1.72). It can carry more than 24,000 pounds of fuel internally along with weapons on four external hard-points, including air-to-air missiles and Genie nuclear rockets.

National origin United States
Manufacturer McDonnell Aircraft Company
First flight 29 September 1954
Introduction May 1957 (USAF/ANG/RCAF)
Retired 1972 (USAF), 1982 (ANG), 1984(RCAF)
Status Retired
Primary users United States Air Force, United States Air Nation Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force
Produced 24 Converted From F-101B’s
Number built 807 All Variants
Propulsion 2 × Pratt and Whitney J57-P-55 Afterburning Turbo Jet Engines
Unit cost US $1,819,000
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General Characteristics


Crew: 2 Pilots (TF-101F)
Length: 67 ft 5 in (20.55 m)
Wingspan: 39 ft 8 in (12.093 m)
Height: 18 ft in (5.49 m)
Wing area: 368 sq ft (34.2 m2)
Empty weight: 28,495 lb (12,925 kg)
Loaded weight: 45,665 lb (20,713 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 52,400 lb (23,768 kg)
Fuel capacity: 2,053 U.S. gal internal plus optional, 2x 450 U.S. gal optional drop tanks
Thrust to Weight: 0.74


Maximum speed: Mach 1.72 (1,134mph / 985kt) at 35,000 ft
Cruise speed: 545mph Range: 1,520 mi (2,450 km, 1,320 nmi)
Service ceiling: 58,400 ft (17,800 m)
Rate of climb: 36,500 ft/min (185 m/s)
Hardpoints: Missiles/Bombs/Other: AIM-4 Falcon missiles x4; AIR-2 Genie Nuclear Rockets x 2; 450 US gallon drop tanks x 2