Twin Bases - RAF Bentwaters, RAF Woodbridge


George Pennick's F-101 Voodoos


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I could not decide which I should use from the five F-101 Voodoo pictures George Pennick sent me, so I used them all because they show both Bentwaters and Woodbridge aircraft and, perhaps because the Voodoo was a childhood favourite aircraft of mine (along with the English Electric Lightning).

F-101A-30-MC 54-1461 of 92 TFS/81 TFW.
F-101A-30-MC 54-1461 of 92 TFS/81 TFW.
Early colours - two yellow fin/rudder stripes. Sqdn. badge atop fin. Bentwaters 15 May 1960

 

F-101C 56-0022 of 81st TFW
F-101C 56-0022  of 81st TFW,  location unknown. Credit: Kierbow, via Dave Menard

 

F-101C-MC 56-0023 of 91 TFS/81 TFW.
F-101C-MC 56-0023 of 91 TFS/81 TFW.
Taxiing into dispersal, braking chute still deployed, crew chief ready to place chocks.
Early colours - two blue fin stripes on fin and rudder, sqdn. badge above. Bentwaters 15 May 1960.

 

F-101C-50-MC 56-0025 of 78 TFS/81 TFW based at Woodbridge. Later scheme with Sqdn. colour and stars imposed. Wethersfield 17 June 1961.
F-101C-50-MC 56-0025 of 78 TFS/81 TFW based at Woodbridge. Later scheme with Sqdn. colour and stars imposed. Wethersfield 17 June 1961.

From: Bigredsunn(a)aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 1:39 AM

As a former member of the 78th TFS (Voodoo Pilot) I can truthfully say I spent many hours flying in the F-101 pictured, tail number 025. The Bushmaster jocks didn't have their own assigned aircraft, therefore we managed to fly the lot of them... and often we did fly them. All over the English and Scottish countyside, most of Europe to include France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Malta, Tripoli, etc, etc.

I was with the 78th TFS from April 1962 to April 1965. Col. Robin Olds was the Wing CO. Lt., Col. Daniel "Chappie" James was the DO of the 81st Wing, and Lt. Col. Pete Stuyvesant and Lt. Col. Robert Fredette were the 2 Squadron Commanders during that time frame.

All in all, it was one of my more memorable and enjoyable tours of duty.
Loved the Voodoo.
Lt. Col. Carl Richards, USAF (Ret)

 

F-101A-MC 54-1486 of 81 TFW.
F-101A-MC 54-1486 of 81 TFW.
Later scheme with three Sqdn colours on fin/rudder.
Wethersfield 1962.

 

F-101C-MC 56-0014 of 81 TFW.
F-101C-MC 56-0014 of 81 TFW.
Later scheme with three Sqdn. colours on fin and rudder. circa 1962, via D. Taylor

 

If you can add to the information we have here, please email me, especially if you can say "I flew that plane" or better still "That's meeeee!"

 


 

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