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McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo “Operation Sun Run” Die-Cast Model

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5929
$149.99

Developed from the XF-88 program of the 1950s, the F-101 Voodoo is a high-altitude and high-speed escort fighter that was designed to protect bombers such as the B-36 Peacemaker.

Developed from the XF-88 program of the 1950s, the F-101 Voodoo is a high-altitude and high-speed escort fighter that was designed to protect bombers such as the B-36 Peacemaker. Upon production, it was realized that new high-speed, high-altitude strike bombers such as the B-52 negated the need for escort fighters of the Voodoo’s type. Interception would be much more difficult for enemy forces and therefore the aircraft would need to be adapted to fit a tactical air defense role. 

 

The first of the three new redesigns, the F-101A, was outfitted with a different nose that housed an array of camera equipment to survey the battlefield below. It had a set of four 20mm M39 Cannons alongside air-to-air missile and nuclear standoff capability, and a low-level bombing system called LABS. Subsequently, the F-101B variant was the true air-defense option of the type, with AIM-4 and AIR-2A rockets for combat that were carried in a nose weapons bay. It also had improved J57-P-55 engines with additional thrust compared to the J57-P-13s of the other two designs. Final of the three, the F-101C was an adaptation of the A variant with the same internal gun package and low altitude bombing system, but added a strengthened wing and fuselage for improved turning performance. Mainline production only lasted a few years, with around 800 total manufactured across all three designs.

 

Becoming the first supersonic reconnaissance aircraft, the F-101A variant quickly found use in many different operations. Most famously, the Voodoo was used to scout Cuba in 1962 for missile sites, as well as Southeast Asia in the late 1960s. The aircraft also saw much service in Canada and Taiwan, between the 1960s and 1980s across multiple variants. Home service in the Air Force lasted from the early 60s until it was withdrawn between 1968 and 1971, transferring to the Air National guard until final retirement in 1982. 

 

Decorated with a flashy yellow and silver camouflage as tail number 60163, this RF-101C is one of six Voodoos to participate in “Operation Sun Run” which occurred in November of 1957. Two would fly Los Angeles to New York then back, two would fly only from Los Angeles to New York, and two were on standby as reserve jets. Along the way, they would be refueled by the new KC-135 Stratotanker, at 35,000 ft and over 600 mph to demonstrate the powerful combination they provide. At the completion of the missions, the round-trip record was 6 hours and 46 minutes, LA to NY was 3 hours and 7 minutes, and NY to LA was completed in 3 hours and 36 minutes. This Die-Cast version features engraved panel lines, an authentic livery with reflective body, display stand, and accurate weaponry of this same prestigious RF-101C. Measures 11.5” in length with a 7" wingspan at 1:72 scale. 

  • Accurate livery with realistic detailing, reflective surfaces, identification markers, unpainted radar warning receiver, miniature probes, and engine nozzles just like the real RF-101C!
  • Premium quality finish and authentic, pad printed details that resist fade and won't peel.
  • Includes optional retracted and deployed landing gear, fuel tanks, and display stand that shows the aircraft in flight.
  • Features open and closed canopy options, with an included Pilot figure.
  • Highly collectable and officially licensed model.

Developed from the XF-88 program of the 1950s, the F-101 Voodoo is a high-altitude and high-speed escort fighter that was designed to protect bombers such as the B-36 Peacemaker. Upon production, it was realized that new high-speed, high-altitude strike bombers such as the B-52 negated the need for escort fighters of the Voodoo’s type. Interception would be much more difficult for enemy forces and therefore the aircraft would need to be adapted to fit a tactical air defense role. 

 

The first of the three new redesigns, the F-101A, was outfitted with a different nose that housed an array of camera equipment to survey the battlefield below. It had a set of four 20mm M39 Cannons alongside air-to-air missile and nuclear standoff capability, and a low-level bombing system called LABS. Subsequently, the F-101B variant was the true air-defense option of the type, with AIM-4 and AIR-2A rockets for combat that were carried in a nose weapons bay. It also had improved J57-P-55 engines with additional thrust compared to the J57-P-13s of the other two designs. Final of the three, the F-101C was an adaptation of the A variant with the same internal gun package and low altitude bombing system, but added a strengthened wing and fuselage for improved turning performance. Mainline production only lasted a few years, with around 800 total manufactured across all three designs.

 

Becoming the first supersonic reconnaissance aircraft, the F-101A variant quickly found use in many different operations. Most famously, the Voodoo was used to scout Cuba in 1962 for missile sites, as well as Southeast Asia in the late 1960s. The aircraft also saw much service in Canada and Taiwan, between the 1960s and 1980s across multiple variants. Home service in the Air Force lasted from the early 60s until it was withdrawn between 1968 and 1971, transferring to the Air National guard until final retirement in 1982. 

 

Decorated with a flashy yellow and silver camouflage as tail number 60163, this RF-101C is one of six Voodoos to participate in “Operation Sun Run” which occurred in November of 1957. Two would fly Los Angeles to New York then back, two would fly only from Los Angeles to New York, and two were on standby as reserve jets. Along the way, they would be refueled by the new KC-135 Stratotanker, at 35,000 ft and over 600 mph to demonstrate the powerful combination they provide. At the completion of the missions, the round-trip record was 6 hours and 46 minutes, LA to NY was 3 hours and 7 minutes, and NY to LA was completed in 3 hours and 36 minutes. This Die-Cast version features engraved panel lines, an authentic livery with reflective body, display stand, and accurate weaponry of this same prestigious RF-101C. Measures 11.5” in length with a 7" wingspan at 1:72 scale. 

  • Accurate livery with realistic detailing, reflective surfaces, identification markers, unpainted radar warning receiver, miniature probes, and engine nozzles just like the real RF-101C!
  • Premium quality finish and authentic, pad printed details that resist fade and won't peel.
  • Includes optional retracted and deployed landing gear, fuel tanks, and display stand that shows the aircraft in flight.
  • Features open and closed canopy options, with an included Pilot figure.
  • Highly collectable and officially licensed model.

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