About One Particular RF-101C

The F-101 was used by the United States Air Force and the Canadian Royal Air Force. The F-101 saw many unique roles in its 20+ year career. Originally designed to be a fighter-bomber, the aircraft quickly moved on into reconnaissance. Unfortunately, despite some of its advanced capabilities and its speed (for the time), there was a nasty little aerodynamic issue which caused the aircraft had a serious “pitch-up” problem that while improved, was never fully fixed.

The RF-101C was sent to Vietnam in 1961, becoming the first USAF jet aircraft to serve there. RF-101C saw heavy service during the Vietnam War, with the first F-101 being lost in November 1964 to ground fire. In some 35,000 sorties, 44 aircraft were lost: 31 to anti-aircraft fire, five to SAMs, one to an airfield attack, six to operational accidents, and one in air combat to a MiG-21 in September 1967. The RF-101C’s speed made it largely immune to MiG interception. In April 1967, ALQ-71 ECM pods were fitted to provide some protection against SAMs. Although the Voodoo was again able to operate at medium altitudes, the added drag decreased the speed enough to make RF-101 vulnerable to MiGs and thus requiring fighter escort.

Late in the War, a RF-101C was shot down on what was suspected at the time to be the Chinese side of the Chinese-Laotian border. The pilot was known to have ejected, but his condition was unknown. An Air Force RF-4C took classified photographs of the crash site within hours, and located the downed aircraft in Communist China. The parachute was located at the top of what was believed to be a triple canopy jungle. Because of the sensitive location of the aircraft and pilot (about fifteen miles on the wrong side of the border), the Air Force declined to send in rescue aircraft and personnel.

Because the original mission of the RF-101C had been tasked by an intelligence agency, a Navy SEAL element was charged with locating the crash site and insuring that classified equipment had been destroyed by charges, fused to blow when the pilot ejected and to recover and return the pilot if possible. Time was a factor.

F-101B

The SEALs, operating out of Thailand, were inserted in Laos by a USMC SH-34J (HSS-1N), flying at night, about thirty miles south of the crash site.

They made their way to the crash site. The charges fixed to the classified equipment had in fact detonated, obliterating the hardware. Photos were taken of that damage and damage likely caused by an SA-2 detonation. They located the USAF pilot, broken leg, still in harness, over 150 feet up in a tree, lowered him to the ground, set his leg, hydrated him and returned him to the pick up site, and signaled using a cache’d radio left behind.  Because of bad weather, they couldn’t be picked up immediately and lived on rations donated by a Pathet Lao company that they sanctioned completely.

The events were not storied, participants were decorated with creatively written citations, and as with much that happens, the incident was closed.

 

Your Future Commander-in-Chief

 

A Customized Tokarev

 

Stop the TiresNov 26-29

Stock up on toilet paper and paper towels…  and steak.

From November 26th through the 29th, truckers will park their trucks, and deliveries will stop – a dramatic way to show their precarious position that had been mauled by Biden and Obama prior to Donald Trump offering some relief. Truckers see a future of dark times ahead, based on Biden’s announced plans that will gut the US economy.

The official Facebook page for the protest is exploding, growing to over 51,000 members in just over 36 hours, and TikTok is seeing thousands viewing the expanding number of testimonials from indie truckers explaining why they are standing up against Biden, his previous legislative malfeasance, and his plans.

Follow the event. Support it if you’re able by standing with the stopped trucks as a show of solidarity.  Bring an American Flag. The donkeys really hate those. They hate them even more than Trump flags.

Happy 170th  Birthday to Jason Daniel who voted last week in Flint, MI.

 

Voting Fraud

Scat Happens

A historical footnote:

Lewis and Clark brought mercury chloride, a strong laxative, with them on their expedition across the US.

Because the mercury it contains passes right through the system, archaeologists have been able to find their trail by locating what’s left of their makeshift latrines and testing the mercury content.

More than 100 years later, their footpaths are overgrown, but their poop remains. (Source)

 

A Fast Rope is better than a slow rope.

 

The Concept Never Caught On

US Army experimental PATA (Plenum Air Tread Amphibious Vehicle)

28 COMMENTS

  1. The Century Series fighters were amazing aircraft. They just “looked right”, and although they suffered growing pains from pushing the technology, they paved the way for today’s aircraft.

  2. Interesting rescue story. Very interesting.

    As to the votes, that would make Trump receiving over 75 million votes, the greatest number ever. Let’s hope he gets to actually get those additional votes. Win both the popular and electoral votes!

    As to the phelum track system. A lot of really weird ideas were thought up not for combat purposes, but for logistic purposes in supplying DEW stations (the rollagon system, in particular) and various other radar and missile sites and research sites suipplied by the US Army, both in the United States and in weird locations like Antarctica. I mean, how do you service a radar station located 2-20 miles from a Nike missile site in the Everglades?

  3. Tis true, an interesting tale of intrigue, secrecy, danger, a measured success.

    A man of my acquaintance had flown Sandy missions and other. The tales he told were prefaced with a required perpetuation of secrecy. Some real secret squirrel stuff. No, they didn’t begin with, ‘This is no shit.’ I can say that he was sometimes very surprised by the load outs for various sorties. He also flew the F-105 weasels.

    Do I detect a connection between the pictures of the whore and the pistol? That piece does look like something I should have.

  4. Harris’s opinion on the military is determined by who they fight.
    If she can turn them against American Deplorable’s, she will be all in favor.

    Lessons can be learned from the recent conflict in Azerbaijan, the drones apparently were extremely effective. Running around in the woods with a rifle looks like a bad idea these days.
    The military we may have to worry about may end up being a bunch of leftist techies sitting behind a console.

  5. Lawsuits have a few weeks…I’d like to be a fly on the wall at Trump Team headquarters, imagine what they really know was and is going on. Biden is toast.

    Funnier is the Dem’s activity: 1) In fighting because Biden’s not Marxist enough (but his Veep Cretin is), 2) Biden’s former opponents are falling all over themselves to get into his administration. They look like the rats they are, scrambling to stay on top of the pig pile.

    Nothing would make me happier than to see them realize their evil plan – bigger than the 2016 version – failed miserably because we have a Alpha Fighter taking it to the weasels.

  6. Thanks for the rescue story LL. My Dad may have known of the story as his unit had the RF-101Cs late in the Vietnam War. As to the “pitch-up” issue, my father lost his friend and wingman to it coming off of the low level portion of a training mission while in training in South Carolina. They were both experienced RF-84F pilots. My Mom told me my Dad was greatly affected by it.

    • There were a few that carried what would become the TARPS Pod, or a version of that. In the instant case, after the aircraft was hit, it pitched up, became uncontrollable and the pilot punched out, landing about twelve miles (further into the denied area) from the crash site. He was tangled in his canopy, shroud lines, mauled leg, and figured he was going to die. He was working up the courage to shoot himself when he was rescued.

      Getting him out of the tree without killing the pilot or the CSAR rescue element required a lot of Tetris work. Fever, severe dehydration (he was shitting blood) and the trauma from his leg injury had to cause lasting damage. The leg couldn’t be saved. Sulfa, etc. kept it from going septic, but it was in horrible shape, badly swollen, and it took way too long to casevac him to a hospital in Thailand, then to Japan.

  7. Wouldn’t mind owning a nice custom Tokarev like that. The 7.62×25 round is a pretty potent pill. The surplus ammo used to be dirt cheap but like most mil surp ammo it’s becoming rare.

    • Best save the brass, pull the bullet (drop it in a jar of 7.62×25 bullets), dispose of the powder, punch the primer and go with 100% hand load with more modern and lethal bullets than you find in surplus (ball). The surplus ammo is fine for the range or plinking.

  8. Century series birds had some ‘interesting’ flight characteristics, and were quite ‘challenging’ to fly according to a retired AF colonel I worked with. He flew them in ‘Nam and before. And already stocked up, I’ve been watching that movement and I have to agree with them.

  9. There’s so much going on in the world these days, sometimes I wonder if all the conundrum is new for the world. I guess everyday in history had its own frequencies, I mean imagine the day they would have completed making the pyramid of Giza, or the day Atlantis (if it existed) disappeared. Its funny how big or small things can seem depending on where we look at them from.

    • Yes, the granularity of history. When viewed from orbit, it’s very different than looking at ant hill through a magnifying glass. The world around you is a reflection of your reaction to the world around you.

  10. Some noise about a raid on scytl – wonder if that’s just static.
    Meanwhile, need to replace the battery in my bike…the old one just died.

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