F101 Voodoo: Now with 3d AF in the UKFebruary 26, 1959

The F101 Voodoo, the U.S. Air Force’s most powerful operational jet fighter, has joined the Allied air arsenal in Britain and the high flying witch doctors of the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing are producing magical effects with the bird.

The "One-O-Wonder," as the supersonic Voodoo is known, adds a powerful punch to the deterrent strength of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization but the wonder of wonders is the lightning rapidity with which the 81st Wing carried out its conversion to F101s from F84F Thunderstreaks.

"We moved an entire wing here from the States in the matter of a month," declared Col. Henry L. Crouch Jr., 81st Wing commander, at his Bentwaters Air Base headquarters.

Three Wethersfield Jets In Nonstop Record Flight To Wheelus Bomb RangeJune 5, 1959

Wethersfield, England — Three F100D Super Sabres of the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing here set several records on a practice bombing mission to Wheelus Air Base, Libya, and return nonstop in exactly eight hours.

"It was the most extensive in-flight refueling mission ever undertaken in 3d Air Force," according to Lt. Col. Ray White, commander of the 77th Sq., who led the flight.

The 3,260-nautical-mile flight, officials here said, marked the first time a round-trip bombing mission to the Wheelus range has been made in the European command by tactical aircraft.

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