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I'm currently building Kitty Hawk's F-101A/C. I've noticed that A/Cs never carried genies, and have found very few photos of them carrying Falcons. But the plane was designed for the Falcon so did A/Cs ever carry falcons?

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Not usually. The strategic fighters usually only carried the onboard cannons, and in some instances one was removed and a TACAN unit installed in its place. SAC sent their fighting Voodoos to TAC early in the game, and TAC was less than enthusiastic about them--they really wanted the recce Voodoos, and quick...later, ADC would want the interceptor Voodoos even quicker.

 

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On further research, the fighting 101's didn't carry Falcons at all--they relied on the guns. The RF's carried no armament. The only Voodoos able to carry missiles were the interceptors (F-101B/F)--they could carry two Genies or two Falcons on the rotary door.

 

Once SAC decided they didn't need the strategic escort fighters and turned them over to TAC, they were used in stop-gap roles until the RF-101A/C models came along. Then the fighting 101's role changed to transition trainer.

 

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The single seat A and C model aircraft never carried Falcons. In TAC service, they carried a nuclear weapon on the centerline station, along with two fuel tanks. The 20mm cannon were for "defensive" purposes only. Reference Warpaint #47 by Kev Darling.

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Just to stir the pot: What sort of weapons would the Canadian Voodoos have carried? Certainly not the Genie.

The Canadian Voodoos carried the Falcon missile, and also the Genie... well, sort of. The RCAF/CAF had Genies with inert warheads that they used for training purposes. As Canada was technically a non-nuclear nation, the "live" rounds were kept at Canadian bases, but in USAF custody. The idea was that if the balloon went up, the Canadian government would sign on to the use of nuclear weapons and then they would be released to the Canadian units for operational use.

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