A two-seat McDonnell F-101B Voodoo of the Oregon Air National Guard
CF-101 Voodoo 101060 from 409 "Nighthawk" Squadron, CFB Comox on the ramp at CFB Moose Jaw in spring 1982.
In the late 1940s, the Air Force had started a research project into future interceptor aircraft that eventually settled on an advanced specification known as the 1954 interceptor. Contracts for this specification eventually resulted in the selection of the F-102 Delta Dagger, but by 1952 it was becoming clear that none of the parts of the specification other than the airframe would be ready by 1954; the engines, weapons and fire control systems were all going to take too long to get into service. An effort was then started to quickly produce an interim supersonic design to replace the various subsonic interceptors then in service, and the F-101 airframe was selected as a starting point.
Although McDonnell proposed the designation F-109 for the new aircraft (which was to be a substantial departure from the basic Voodoo), the USAF assigned the designation F-101B. It was first deployed into service on 5 January 1959, with the 60th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron. The production ended in March 1961. The Voodoo featured a modified cockpit to carry a crew of two, with a larger and more rounded forward fuselage to hold the Hughes MG-13 fire control radar of the F-102. It had a data link to the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) system, allowing ground controllers to steer the aircraft towards its targets by making adjustments through the plane's autopilot. The F-101B had more powerful Pratt & Whitney J57-P-55 engines, making it the only Voodoo not using the −13 engines. The new engines featured a substantially longer afterburner than J57-P-13s. To avoid a major redesign, the extended afterburners were simply allowed to extend out of the fuselage by almost 8 ft (2.4 m). The more powerful engines and aerodynamic refinements allowed an increased speed of Mach 1.85.
The F-101B was stripped of the four M39 cannons and carried four AIM-4 Falcon air-to-air missiles instead, arranged two apiece on a rotating pallet in the fuselage weapons bay. The initial load was two GAR-1 (AIM-4A) semi-active radar homing and two GAR-2 (AIM-4B) infrared-guided weapons with one of each carried on each side of the rotating pallet. After the first two missiles were fired, the door turned over to expose the second pair. Standard practice was to fire the weapons in SARH/IR pairs to increase the likelihood of a hit. Late-production models had provision for two 1.7-kiloton MB-1/AIR-2 Genie nuclear rockets on one side of the pallet with IR-guided GAR-2A (AIM-4C) on the other side. "Project Kitty Car" upgraded most earlier F-101Bs to this standard beginning in 1961.
The AIM-4 Falcon side of the F-101B missile door
From 1963–66, F-101Bs were upgraded under the Interceptor Improvement Program (IIP; also known as "Project Bold Journey"), with a fire control system enhancement against hostile ECM and an infrared sighting and tracking (IRST) system in the nose in place of the in-flight refueling probe.
The F-101B was made in greater numbers than the F-101A and C, with a total of 479 being delivered by the end of production in 1961. Most of these were delivered to the Air Defense Command (ADC) beginning in January 1959. The only foreign customer for the F-101B was Canada. For more details on the history of the Voodoo in Canada, see McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo.
The F-101B was withdrawn from ADC service from 1969 to 1972, with many surviving USAF aircraft transferred to the Air National Guard (replacing F-102s), serving until 1982. The last Voodoo in US service (F-101B-105-MC, AF Ser. No. 58-300) was finally retired by the 2nd Fighter Weapons Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Florida on 21 September 1982.
Built Up Model
There have been rumblings of an F-5E in 32nd scale injection moulded plastic for a while, and now it seems that Kittyhawk has a large scale Tiger II for us on the way!
F-5E "Tiger II" Fighter
Plastic injection moulded kit with Photo-Etch Included
ETA: March 2018
For more information check out the KittyHawk Models Site
Check out This Modeling News link for current info and the history of the bird:
Panda is about to launch the M1235A1 MaxxPro in 1/35 scale. Here is a short history of the actual vehicle and some built-up photos of the model. Click on the thumbnail to see the full version of the vehicle
The M1235 MaxxPro Dash Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle was the third major version produced on the NAVISTAR series of Workstar Model 7000 truck chassis. The Dash was developed at almost the same time as the M1234 Maxx Pro Plus MRAP, although for completely different reasons.
The Dash was designed as a result of American experiences in Afghanistan, where a smaller, lighter and more mobile vehicle was needed as the M1224 MaxxPro and MaxxPro Plus vehicles were sometimes limited by their size and lack of mobility. Although equipped with the MaxxPro Plus' features, the Dash is a little smaller than the previous MaxxPro versions. However, it is equipped with different armor package; the full A-Kit Explosively Formed penetrator (EFP) package. For specific dimensions, see the Navistar MaxxPro product brochures available in this vehicle index. Features that help to visually identify the Maxx Pro Dash version are: horizontal armored radiator slats, double air vents on the sides of the hood, a single air screen behind the front doors, single rear wheels and straight front axle.
After a short time in service, the US military found that the Dash was not as mobile as was needed and it was further upgraded with the DXM independent suspension system (ISS) which was developed by Hendickson Truck Suspension Systems and Axle Tech International. It was designated M1235A1 DXM or ISS and is reportedly very mobile, agile and respected by its crews. In fact, the upgrade was so successful, in 2012 an extensive program was undertaken to upgrade the entire MaxxPro fleet in Afghanistan to DXM standards (ISS & engine). The main visual difference between the Dash and Dash DXM is that the DXM has the ISS which has large springs showing in the front. Due to the fitting of the ISS, the Dash DXM vehicle is a little taller.
The third variant of the Dash/Dash DXM came into service in 2011: the M1235A2 MaxxPro Dash DXM Armored Ambulance. Soon after in 2012, it was determined that the MaxxPro fleet should also be fitted with RPG Protection Kits (Q-Net Armor) to protect the vehicles against rocket propelled grenades. The Q-Net armor had been previously fitted to the the M1249 MaxxPro Recovery Vehicle (MRV), which was developed about the same time as the Dash. Although it shares many similarities with the Dash, it is not considered an official variant of this version.
The latest version of this series was developed in 2013: the M1235A3 MaxxPro with Survivability Upgrade (MSU) kit. As the name of the upgrade implies, its purpose is to increase the protection level of vehicle and crew. Features of the MSU are improved front and rear Jankel seats, front seat towers, rear seat brackets, front & rear Skydex blast mats, crew ripple floors, transmission retention bracket, "Punisher" Armor, energy displacement frame rail, interior & exterior cab seam welding, seam plates, rear wall retention brackets and upgraded rear suspension springs.
Although it is certain that Dash DXM vehicles have received the MSU, we have found no information one way or the other that indicates the Dash vehicles have been so equipped. Also, after much research we cannot find any definitive photos showing the entire M1235A3 vehicles. This is probably due to the relatively recent addition of the MSU to the vehicles, the secrecy/security about the MSU and the nature of the upgrades; which are mostly internal and underneath the vehicle.
Boeing AH-6i is a light attack / reconnaissance helicopter designed primarily for export markets. It is an advanced variant of the AH-6M helicopter operated by the US Army Special Operations Forces. The helicopter is intended to provide close air support for land-based forces. It can also serve as an attack platform for destroying enemy tanks, armoured vehicles and fortifications.