'Flying the barrel:' Explaining the F-101 Voodoo
from Warbirds News
Jim Brickel called it "flying in the barrel." To take the RF-101C Voodoo over North Vietnam, a pilot had to stake himself and his aircraft against flak, fighters, and the ever-present danger of some awful mechanical catastrophe within the churning guts of a complicated aircraft that, as Brickel put it, "felt like a thousand pieces of metal grating against one another and trying to rip everything to pieces."
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