• ROCAF RF-101C?

    Posted on May 9th, 2009 Administrator 2 comments

    The two RF-101 at Taoyuan Aviation Museum and at ROCAF Museum in Kangshan were suspected as two C models painted with fake A-model serial numbers because both aircraft have the small air intake on the leading edge of the vertical fin which is a distinctive feature of the C model. The three official USAF photos below show the air intake on the RF-101C, which is indicated by an arrow.

    RF-101C 56-166. (USAF photo)

    RF-101C 56-207. (USAF photo)

    RF-101C with unknown serial number. (USAF photo)

    According to a former USAF RF-101C pilot, the intake is used to cool the drag chute compartment and eliminates the 5-minute limit on using the afterburners on the A model. The following two photos show that the two Voodoos in Taoyuan and Kangshan both have the intake (indicated by blue arrows). However, they also feature some kind of vents where the engine cowling and the fuselage meet (indicated by red arrows).

    RF-101″A” 54-1505 in Taoyuan.

    RF-101″A” 54-1506 in Kangshan. (Jason Tu Photo)

    You will not find these vents on the C model. Here are high-quality photos of the RF-101C on Airliners.net. See if you can find the vents.

    These vents seem to be a feature that only can be found on the A model. The aircraft in the following three official USAF photos are all RF-101A and they all share this feature. Note that they do not have the air intake on the fin.

    RF-101A 54-1502. (USAF photo)

    RF-101A 56-158. (USAF photo)

    RF-101A 56-160. (USAF photo)

    So what is going on here? A former USAF Voodoo pilot suggested to me that the RF-101 preserved in Taoyuan and Kangshan might have been the RF-101A with modified C-model vertical fins. I think he is right because ROCAF Voodoos were constantly chased by Chinese MiGs and the pilots might need to operate the afterburners longer than the 5-minute restriction in order to outrun them.

    I hope this case is closed.


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