Why is there voodoo at the rec park? — a walkaround the Callaway FL McDonnell F-101B Voodoo
Why is there voodoo at the Callaway rec park? — a walkaround the Callaway FL McDonnell F-101B Voodoo
30º 09′ 26″ N / 85º 32′ 46″ W
Callaway FL is a quiet town, a suburb community to Panama City but it proudly displays an F-101B Voodoo on the Callaway Recreational Complex grounds. This Voodoo is in excellent condition and sits atop a nicely sculpted concrete plinth — no spartan-like pole or unimaginative cradle used here.
Also welcome is is how this aircraft sits in a field of its own so a good walkaround can be had with the bonus of being in a quiet environment, unless there are baseball or softball events in play. Even a slight inspection will show the ancestry the F-101 is to the McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II with the twin engines nestled side-by-side, the tandem cockpit, high tail and the wings are reminiscent, as well.
When you think about the pair of Voodoos displayed in Panama City this F-101 makes three for the area. Three Voodoos in the small area of Panama City and its surround. My, maybe this area isn’t as quiet as it appears, after all 😉
The lines of an interceptor, the F-101B Voodoo — photo by Joe May
As a bonus, I heard a loud military aircraft — actually, military aircraft are almost always loud — overhead and to the south. There it was, my first sighting of a Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor a few thousand feet above in a tight but high rate turn. Whether the Raptor’s thrust vectoring (on the pitch axis) was then used at the time I cannot say but this aircraft was really honkin’.
Additional source: F-101Voodoo.com — thorough and complete