Twenty years of Magic:
The CF-101 in Canadian Service
With the cancellation of the Avro Arrow, it was evident that Canada
was going to need a new front-line interceptor. Therefore it was no
surprise when, in 1961, it was announced that the RCAF was going to
purchase 66 McDonnell Voodoos from surplus USAF stocks. The first of
these arrived in Canada in November as part of No.425 Sqn (Alouette
Sqn). Other units to convert to the CF-101 included Nos. 409 (Nighthawk),
410 (Cougar), 414 (Black Knight) and 416 (Lynx). During their period
of service, the Canadian Voodoos went through many changes to their
markings. Some of which are illustrated below.
No 409 Sqn RCAF
Initial CF-101s were in overall metal finish with the legend "Royal
Canadian Air Force" on the fuselage above the black/red/white flash,
the fin flash was the RCAF flag. At first the Canadian Voodoos just
changed the former USAF serial to RCAF ones by adding "17" to the final
three digits. No. 17392 of No. 409 Sqn exhibits all these traits.
No 416 Sqn RCAF
The first change to the Voodoo's markings came with the replacement
of the fin flash with the new Canadian flag on February 15, 1965. 17400
is representative of this.
On February 1, 1968, all of Canada's Military was amalgamated into
a common command. The legend "Royal Canadian Air Force" was no
more, and in its place on the port side was "Canadian Armed Forces"
while on the starboard it was in French as "Forces Armees Canadiennes".
Around the same time serials were changed to reflect the aircraft type,
those of the CF-101 now being in the "101" range instead of "17". One
other change was the Maple Leaf in the roundel now became more representative
than its earlier incarnation which looked fatter on the bottom and had
more points to it - the new one has only three for each arm.
No 409 Sqn CAF
The next change was to paint the aircraft in an overall light grey
(not sure exactly when this came about - but mid 70s is a good guess),
the fuselage legend became the single word "Canada", while the
roundel on the nose was now flanked by the words "Armed Forces"
and "Forces Armees". No 10136 shows all these changes.
No 409 Sqn CAF
During 1977 No 409 Sqn was to receive its standard and it was decided
to send a Voodoo to Ottawa to pick it up. To mark the occasion 101012
was painted in the squadron colours and emblem as "HAWK ONE CANADA".
No 425 Sqn CAF
In 1984, the remaining Voodoo squadrons painted one aircraft each
to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the RCAF/CAF. 409 Sqn again used
the Hawk One Canada markings, this time on 101057, but with the addition
of rudder stripes. N0 425 Squadron's contribution rivalled that of 409,
with their 101014 being dubbed "LARK ONE CANADA". On the opposite
side the name was repeated in French as "ALOUETTE ONE CANADA".
The fuselage was covered in tiny yellow "feathers" while the wheel doors
were painted to represent talons.
Two other Voodoos were also done up in colourful markings - No 416
Sqn had an overall white Voodoo with black trim and "416" on the tail,
and also had a Lynx jumping out of a Maple Leaf on the fuselage.
No 414 Sqn CAF
CFB North Bay
The last colourful Voodoo was destined to also be one of the final
two Voodoos to fly in Canada. No 414 (EW) Sqn provided all-weather EW
training to other units, and in 1982 58-300 was acquired from the USAF,
renumbered as 101067 and given a complete suite of EW instruments. To
go along with this, the "Electric Voodoo" was painted in overall
black. The official reason given was to be visible as "the enemy" when
there was more than one Voodoo about.
Sixty years - The RCAF and CF Air Command 1924-1984: Larry Milberry
F-101 Voodoo - Detail and Scale: Bert Kinsey
Voodoo - Modern Military Aircraft: Lou Drendal & Paul Stevens