McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo . Here is my LDD model of the McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo. It is built to minifig scale. I grew up living next to an airbase and saw (mostly heard actually!) the Voodoo flying over my house. As a kid, I always tried to build a decent Lego version of the Voodoo. I hope I’ve made some progress! I would love to hear your comments. Enjoy! You can also see larger pictures on my flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/118702264@N05/sets/72157644887624796/.
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The McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo was an all-weather interceptor operated by the RCAF and Canadian Forces from 1961 to 1984.
The CF-101 served as Canada’s primary means of air defence and stationed at Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) at Canadian airbases.
The RCAF required an interceptor aircraft to counter the Soviet bomber threat. The Avro CF-105 Arrow was designed for this role but after the program’s cancellation in 1959, Canada purchased 132 F-101B Voodoo interceptors in two batches of 66 from the USAF in 1961. On my model, you can see that the landing gear is fully retractable and the flaps, ailerons, and airbrakes are fully articulating.
The CF-101 is essentially a McDonnell F-101B, which in turn differed from the F-101A in several areas. The cockpit was enlarged to carry a crew of two, the fuselage was redesigned to accommodate the Hughes MG-13 fire control radar, and employed the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) system that allowed ground controllers to steer the aircraft towards its target by making adjustments through the aircraft’s autopilot. Part of the Century Series group of supersonic fighters, the Voodoo was the first USAF aircraft capable of exceeding 1,000 mph in level flight.
The CF-101 used the more powerful Pratt & Whitney J57-P-55 engines with longer afterburners, and hence the longer engine extension past the fuselage. Each engine put out 16,900 lbf in full afterburner. This gave the CF-101 had a maximum speed of Mach 1.7, a range of 1,530 miles, and a service ceiling of 58,400 ft.
The CF-101 was armed with two AIM-4D Falcon missiles, which it carried in recessed pockets on the fuselage. The Voodoo was also capable of carrying two AIR-2A Genie unguided nuclear rockets, each with a 1.5 kt W25 warhead. These unguided nuclear rockets would be launched into the area of a bomber formation and detonate. The lethal blast radius of the Genie was about 300m so accuracy was not a high priority. Here, you can see my CF-101 armed with two AIM-4Ds.
Canada had not fully resolved the issue of bringing nuclear weapons into the country by the time the CF-101 was deployed. By 1963, the AIR-2A Genie rockets were kept in the custody of the USAF on Canadian Forces Bases and would only be released to Canada for actual use through the NORAD agreement.
The CF-101 served with No. 409 Squadron RCAF at CFB Comox, No. 410 Squadron RCAF at CFB Uplands, No. 414 Squadron RCAF at CFB North Bay, No. 416 Squadron RCAF at CFB Chatham, and No. 425 Squadron RCAF at CFB Bagotville.
Defence cuts in 1964 eliminated 410 and 414 Squadrons. However, 414 Squadron was reformed in 1972 as an electronic warfare squadron and flew the EF-101B “Electric Voodoo,” a unique, all-black F-101B with the electronic jamming suite from an EB-57E Canberra.
Between 1970 and 1972, Canadian Forces (The RCAF merged with the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Army in 1968 as part of the unification of the Canadian Forces) traded in its remaining 56 aircraft back to the USAF for 66 replacements. These new aircraft were actually older aircraft whose airframes had lower flight hours.
As part of Canada’s NORAD commitment, the RCAF always had two CF-101s on “five minute” alert, meaning the aircraft would be in the air and en route to intercept unknown aircraft within five minutes.
In one instance, aircraft from 416 Squadron were able to get airborne in 57 seconds after receiving the alert.
Most NORAD interceptions dealt with airliners flying off course however, Squadrons 416 and 425 often intercepted Soviet Tu-95 Bear bombers off the Atlantic coast. Here, my venerable Tu-95 gets intercepted (once again) by two Voodoos.
Returning from intercept! Despite all of its intercept encounters, the CF-101 never fired its weapons in anger. Note the spotlight mounted on the fuselage below the navigator’s cockpit. It was used to illuminate unidentified aircraft at night.
Here is a close up of the cockpit. The canopy is fully articulating.
In 1980, Canada selected the CF-18 Hornet to replace the CF-101 Voodoo. By 1984, the last Voodoo squadron stood down and the last nuclear weapons in Canada were returned to the United States.
I would like to acknowledge Justin Davies and Mad Physicist for their inspirational and influential work. I hope you don’t mind me borrowing some of your pioneering building techniques for my model! Thanks to Wikipedia for the information and specifications.