F-101B Voodoo

The Voodoo became the principle aircraft of the 98th Fighter Interceptor Squadron stationed at Dover Air Force Base in the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. Their job was to defend Washington D.C. and the Eastern U.S. over the course of the Cold War. At any time the 98th was ready to scramble into the air within five minutes.

In 1959 the 98th received the Voodoo , a versatile two-seat fighter. First designed at the end of WWII as a penetration fighter, it was adapted for close air support in 1954. For several years it was the fastest long range fighter in the arsenal. Our F-101 is displayed in the markings of the 98th Fighter Interceptor Squadron from Dover.


Serial Number: 59-428
McDonnel Aircraft Corporation
First Flight:
29 September 1954
Crew: 2
Payload: -
Powerplant: 2x Pratt & Whitney J57-P-55
67 ft 5 in
39 ft 8 in
18 ft
Empty Weight:
28,495 lbs
Loaded Weight:
45,665 lbs
Maximum Speed:
1,134 mph
Cruise Speed:
550 mph
Range: 1,520 mi
Service Ceiling: 58,400 ft
AMC Museum Restoration Crew Chief: Bob Frazier

Assignment History

The assignment history for the Air Mobility Command Museum's F-101B Voodoo, serial number 59-428:

Date Location
7 Aug 1960 Delivered to USAF
Aug 1960 To 49th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (ADC), Griffiss AFB, NY
1 Jan 1962 To 2856th Air Base Wing (AF Logistics Command), Griffiss AFB, NY
16 Jan 1962 To 49th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (ADC), Griffiss AFB, NY
Jul 1968 To 60th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (ADC), Otis AFB, MA
Apr 1971 To 107th Tactical Fighter Group (Air National Guard), Niagara Falls, NY
Apr 1982 To Sheppard Technical Training Center (Air Training Command), Sheppard AFB, TX
Unknown Designated GF-101B
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I was a mechanic with the 60th from ’63 – ’65. Great sense of purpose and teamwork. Today’s intercepts of Bear bombers are interesting, but in the ’60’s it was the Real Deal. Raytheon should send a hefty check to every Russian aircrew that transits our coasts as each flight translates into millions more dollars in “Defense” spending.

S/sgt /Tsgt Omer Ethier 68/69 Job Control / crew chief Maj Walls was our Commander during the time i was there, Lived in Monument Beach. My brother Joe was a scope dope on the Connies during the same time period.


Then Tsgt Thom Smith – I was supervisor of a Modica and a William Riles Who were Two of the best Electrical Technician that I have had the honor to work with. When you were a “F101 Voodoo Medicine Man” you had reasons to be proud.

I was with the 60th FIS from 1964 to 1968 at Otis AFB, Cape Cod, Mass. I was a Voodoo Medicine Man as a weapons control system mechanic. It was during that period when the lightning Bolts were painted on the tail and the diving crow was painted on the fuselage. Loved the F-101B. Best years of my life.

The F-101B was my father’s favorite, and both my parents were always fond of their years in Otis with the men and women of the 60th.

Hi Wayne, Pete Bavoso saying hello. I worked in the mock up during the same years. I remember you were from upstate NY.

Worked on this aircraft from 1965 to 1967 for the 49th FIS at Griffiss AFB, NY. Our commander was Col O’Conner, and my time there was a great experience.