By Austin Hancock
London, Ontario – The Canada based Jet Aircraft Museum plans to “keep doing that Voodoo that they do, so well.” To be exact, the JAM will host an event to commemorate 30 years since the iconic McDonnell CF-101 “Voodoo” last took wind under her wings. The “Voodoo” served the RCAF honorably, between 1961 and 1984, as an all-weather interceptor aircraft. Originally, the CF-101 was built in the United States, by McDonnell-Douglas, as an F-101. These “Voodoo’s” were later sold and shipped up North for use by the RCAF.
The CF-101 replaced the Avro CF-100 “Canuck” as the “go-to” all-weather interceptor, with the cancellation of the CF-105 Avro Arrow program. The “Voodoo” was primarily armed with nuclear AIR-2A Genie Unguided rockets, “and there was significant political controversy in Canada about their adoption,” notes JAM Director Simon Pont. In October 2013, the Jet Aircraft Museum was awarded Voodoo #101006, from the Cornwallis Military Museum. This CF-101 was the last one to ever grace the skies, on April 9, 1987. The JAM is in the process of restoring the Voodoo, and once complete, she will make a magnificent static-display.
On Sunday April 9, 2017, from 13:00-17:00, the JAM will host their Voodoo’s event. “It is expected that the event will attract a large audience and that a video documentary will be made available for screenings. It is also hoped that the flight crew from the last flight will be able to attend and share their stories of that flight and of flying the ‘One-0-Wonder.’” Pont went on to mention that a special painting has been commissioned for the event, to be done by retired Canadian Forces soldier, Peter Robichaud, titled “One Last Time.”
Admission on the day is just $5 for adults (children 12 and under enter free), with JAM members entering for free. The Jet Aircraft Museum is located at: 2465 Aviation Lane – Unit #2, London, Ontario Canada N5V 3Z9
The JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM (JAM) exists to create and maintain a dynamic and living history of the modern age Royal Canadian Air Force and to provide permanent honour for those valiant Canadian men and women who flew these aircraft with distinction in periods of war, peace, and peace keeping. In short, our mission is to “Preserve, Educate, and Soar”. For more information visit www.jetaircraftmuseum.ca
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