The Missouri Aviation Historical Society hosted a special day of events on November 15th, 2014 celebrating the 60th anniversary of the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo. Former engineers, test pilots, workers, and enthusiasts converged from across the country to celebrate. The event was hosted on location at the James J. Eagan Civic Center in Florissant, Missouri which contains one of two F-101 displays in the Greater St. Louis Area. The chilly autumn day began with a photo-shoot and was immediately followed by remarks from MOAVHIST President Dan O’Hara and Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider, who also rewarded a plaque to Dwight ‘RED’ Singleton for his dedication with keeping the F-101 display in optimal condition. After converging into the civic center and beating the cold-front, the ninety minute question and answer panel began (Video coming soon), which talked about the development, capability’s, and legacy of the F- ‘One-O-Wonder’. Special guest Carolyn Jones, President of Women in Aviation– St. Louis Chapter, opened and introduced the panel. Rare McDonnell Aircraft Company footage was displayed later following a cake reception for all attendees. The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum was on hand for the entire event displaying numerous photos, models, and artifacts from the F-101 program.
Special thanks to the City of Florissant, The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum, Boeing Frontiers, and all our volunteers who made this event possible. We would like to again congratulate the Voodoo team on creating another legend.
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Images displayed here by Mark Nankivil, Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum and Chase Kohler.