RF-101 Voodoo Units in Combat cover
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McDonnell's F-101 Voodoo series was in many ways the most interesting of the 'Century Series' fighter programmes of the 1950s, partly because the type's design and intended mission changed radically during a 40-year career. Originally designed as a fighter-bomber, it was converted to be a reconnaissance aircraft, serving alongside the U-2 and RF-8 Crusaders during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Although it gained a reputation as a difficult aircraft to handle, the jet's supersonic speed and newly-developed camera suite enabled it to conduct vital low-altitude photo-reconnaissance missions over heavily-defended target areas.

In combat, the RF 101 was usually 'first in-last out' for strike missions. This made it a ready target, with a solo aircraft flying straight and level to gather target photo evidence at low-altitude offering enemy gunners plenty of opportunity to shoot the Voodoo down. This study tells the combat stories of this extraordinary aircraft, highlighting the difficulty of the missions on which it was sent and the courage of its pilots.

Table of Contents

Chapter One:
Origins of the Long Bird
Chapter Two:
Into Service
Chapter Three:
Vietnam: Opening Move
Chapter Four:
Hot War Cameramen
Chapter Five:
Other Foreign Skies
Appendices
Index

Product details

Published 21 Mar 2019
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472829153
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 100 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 127
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Peter E. Davies

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