The F-101B is an all weather, long range interceptor developed from the F-101A. The two man crew (1 pilot and 1 radar operator to work the MG-13 fire control system) flew an improved and more powerful (More powerful engines) version of the first F-101A Voodoo. The double cockpit however decreased the internal fuel capacity of the F-101B and therefore the combat range suffered. A solution for this problem was made by building in an in-flight refueling system.
A total of 479 F-101B’s were built, and 152 of those were later upgraded with an update of the fire control system and removing the in-flight refueling probe amongst other modifications.
|F-101B / F-101F|
|Developing Nation:||United States|
|Task:||long range interceptor|
|First Flight:||March 27th 1957|
|Ejection seat:||Weber F-101 Voodoo Pilot Escape System|
|Wing Span:||12,09 m|
|Wing Area:||34,19 m²|
|Engine (s):||Pratt & Whitney J57-P-55 turbojet (2x)|
|Max.Take off weight:||23768 kg|
|Max. Speed:||1965 km/h at 12190 m|
|Max. Range:||2494 km|
|Radar:||built by Hughes aircraft, no type|
|Weapons3 different configurations:||– Mb-1 Genie nuclear missiles (2x)- AIM-4C, -4D, or -4G Falcon missiles (4x)- Falcon missiles (6x)|
F-101B & F’s were in service with the United States Air Force and the Canadian Air Force.