Twenty years of Magic: The McDonnell CF-101 in Canadian Service
By Bob Pearson
With the cancellation of the Avro Arrow, it was evident that Canada was going to need a new front-line interceptor. Therefore it was no surprise when, in 1961, it was announced that the RCAF was going to purchase 66 McDonnell Voodoos from surplus USAF stocks. The first of these arrived in Canada in November as part of No.425 Sqn (Alouette Sqn). Other units to convert to the CF-101 included Nos. 409 (Nighthawk), 410 (Cougar), 414 (Black Knight) and 416 (Lynx). During their period of service, the Canadian Voodoos went through many changes to their markings. Some of which are illustrated below.