A formidable fighter aircraft, the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was acquired by the RCAF as the replacement for the CF-100 fleet in Air Defence Command. After the controversial cancellation of the Canadian designed CF- 105 Arrow aircraft just two years before, the nuclear capable CF-101 Voodoo and the Bomarc Missile were acquired by the RCAF in a deal with the United States. As a supersonic, all weather interceptor, the twin engine, two-seater Voodoo provided high speed, excellent climb performance, combat radius and ceiling plus additional flexibility in replacing the CF-100. Used almost exclusively in the NORAD defence role, the aircraft proved to be a safe and reliable weapons platform until replaced by the McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet in the mid-eighties.
In Comox, the Voodoo was used for many years by 409 Sqn, the Nighthawks.
McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
Role: Fighter Interceptor
No: 132/on loan USAF as EW High Speed Jammer
Comox Squadron/Unit Use: 409 Sqn
Crew/Passengers: 2 crew (pilot/navigator) in ejection seats
Power plant: two Pratt & Whitney J-57-P53/55 Turbojets with 11,990 lbs. (4,863 kg) thrust or 14,990 lbs. (7,680 kg) thrust in afterburner
Max Speed: 1,220 kts (1,963 km/h)
Service Ceiling: 51,000 ft. (15,545 m)
Range: 1,550 m (2,494 km)
Gross: 39,900 lbs. (18,097 kg)
Maximum Take-off: 46,673 lbs. (21,171 kg)
Span: 39 ft. 8 in (12.09 m)
Length: 67 ft. 5 in (20.55 m)
Height: 18 ft. 0 in (5.49 m)
Wing Area: 368 sq. ft. (34.18 sq. m)
Armament: Two AIR-2A Genie nuclear tipped rockets & two AIM-4D Falcon missiles
Original Cost: $1,590,000
Facts verified by Brian O’Cain-Aircraft Archivist, CAFM.