Deserts seem empty and desolate places, but sometimes you can find very interesting things in them.
An example of this is what we can see in this video posted by Western Mine Detective, which shows us a McDonnell F-101A Voodoo fighter, a model that made its first flight in 1954 and was withdrawn from service in the United States Air Force in 1972. The The aircraft in the video is 53-2422, the fifth F-101 to come off the production line.
According to Joe Idoni, this plane was used as a bank test for different engines used later by other F-101, being redesignated as JF-101A. In 1979 it was towed to the Precision Impact Range Area (PIRA) , in the middle of the Mojave Desert and near the base of Edwards AFB (California), to be used as a target for radar calibration, not very far from the bombers we saw here last year. It has been there ever since:
You can see here some captures of the video. The F-101A is without the nose that housed the MA-7 radar.
Unfortunately, vandalism also reaches the desert. The fuselage of the plane is covered in graffiti.
The starboard air intake of the F-101A. Many of the fuselage panels have been removed, as can be seen on the right.
The fuselage has many holes. Someone must have been using it as a target for test shooting with a shotgun.
The place where the starboard reactor used to be. Both engines were removed, probably before towing it to this place.
The characteristic T-shaped tail of the F-101. In the drift, its numeral can still be distinguished: 0-32422.
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