RF-101 Voodoo Units in Combat

RF-101 Voodoo Units in Combat - Combat Aircraft

Paperback (21 Mar 2019) | English

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Synopsis

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.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781472829153
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Pub date:
DEWEY: 623.7464
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 7741
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 308g
Height: 186mm
Width: 249mm
Spine width: 5mm