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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:40 am 
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I'd like to see it.

Despite being around USAF aircraft my entire life, I don't recall seeing a non-recon F-101A or C.
Pretty much all the survivors of TAC and USAFE service were converted into RFs.

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As of 2002. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimandtin ... otostream/

Also found this: 54-1443 was located at Kissimmee, FL, in pieces, until recently. It was supposed to have been purchased and transported to a museum in Connecticut, but sources have told me that museum thought it was too corroded to restore, and it supposedly has been scrapped. This was the last test and development airframe, and never flew with an operational unit.

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It would be very sad if this had been scrapped.


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I think this one still survives. Its now dismantled at Post Oak Ranch (1FA1) in Crystal River, Florida.
Take a look at N28.85546, W82.55249.
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What is interesting to me is how RARE these are....there are only two others!

The prototype 53-2418 is beautifully on display at Evergreen and is a historic and significant Century Series survivor. Another early aircraft 53-2422 survives in rough condition at Edwards, but hopefully could be restored to static display by the Edwards AFB Museum.

54-1443 might be the only “normal” production F-101A in existence that was not converted to RF-101 configuration.


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Andy Marden wrote:
I think this one still survives. Its now dismantled at Post Oak Ranch (1FA1) in Crystal River, Florida.
Take a look at N28.85546, W82.55249.
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Those wings sure look like a Voodoo as does the left most fuselage.

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There's another A model displayed at the museum in Pueblo.... I think it's privately owned as well...
I always wondered what happened to the one in Kissimmee, as well as several others that were there....an F-4, F9F-8T, 6-8 A-4's, etc....


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There's another A model displayed at the museum in Pueblo.... I think it's privately owned as well...
I always wondered what happened to the one in Kissimmee, as well as several others that were there....an F-4, F9F-8T, 6-8 A-4's, etc....

It looks like the one that was at Pueblo is now at Evergreen.

That makes only 1 restored example and 2 wrecks. Too bad the NMUSAF couldnt get a whole of one. It seems like it is an imprtant aircraft to have on a display.

Could you image a line of them...F-100, F-101, F-102,F-104,F-105,F-106

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The USAF wasn't overly impressed with the fighter bomber '101.
They only bought enough Cs to equip one wing, the 81st TFW, at RAF Bentwaters, UK.

When I was stationed there in the late 80s, I wad disappointed they didn't have one in static. Disappointed, but not surprised, since I knew the survivors were converted to RFs. However, they did have a neat picture of one in the Officers' Club bar.

It basically was a long range tactical nuke delivery system, rapidly replaced by F-4Cs.
I think the decision was made before the AF bought its first Phantoms, but I wonder if the Air Staff didn't have the F-4 in mind when it decided to curtail the single seat fighter 101 program?

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There were 77 F-101As built. 47 F-101Cs. Of those 29 "A"s were converted to RF-101Gs and 31 "C"s converted to RF-101Hs, Most of the balance were lost to attrition, or scraped. RF-101As and RF-101Cs were new built airframes, not converted from single seat fighters.

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