Atterberry, Edwin Lee, Lt Col

Fallen
 
 Service Photo   Service Details
42 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1325F-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1967-1969, POW North Vietnam
Service Years
1955 - 1969
Lieutenant Colonel

 Last Photo   Personal Details 


Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1934
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt S. Kimbrow to remember Atterberry, Edwin Lee, Lt Col.

If you knew or served with this Airman and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Klondike/Dallas
Last Address
North Vietnam

Casualty Date
May 18, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Intentional Homicide
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Restland Memorial Park - Dallas, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 102

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Photo Album   (More...


 1959-194, RF-101C Voodoo
From Year
1959
To Year
194
   
Personal Memories
Not Specified
   
Image
 RF-101C Voodoo Details
 


Aircraft/Missile Information
RF-101C
U.S. Air Force technicians prepare a McDonnell RF-101 Voodoo for a photo reconnaissance mission

Using the reinforced airframe of the F-101C, the RF-101C first flew on 12 July 1957, entering service in 1958. Like the RF-101A, the RF-101C had six cameras in place of radar and cannons in the reshaped nose. Unlike the RF-101A, the RF-101C retained the ability to carry a single nuclear weapon on the centerline pylon. One hundred and sixty-six RF-101Cs were built, including 96 originally scheduled to be F-101C fighter-bombers.

The 1964 Project "Toy Tiger" fitted some RF-101C with a new camera package and a centerline pod for photo-flash cartridges. Some were further upgraded under the Mod 1181 program with automatic control for the cameras.

The RF-101C saw service during the Cuban Missile Crisis and 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. From 1965 through November 1970, its role was gradually taken over by the RF-4C Phantom II. In some 35,000 sorties, 39 aircraft were lost, 33 in combat,[7] including five to SAMs, one to an airfield attack, and one in air combat to a MiG-21 in September 1967. The RF-101C's speed made it largely immune to MiG interception. 27 of the combat losses occurred on reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam. 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.

On 27 November 1957 during Operation Sun Run an RF-101C set the Los Angeles-New York-Los Angeles record in 6 hours, 46 minutes, the New York to Los Angeles record in 3 hours, 36 minutes, and the Los Angeles to New York record in 3 hours, 7 minutes.

After withdrawal from Vietnam, the RF-101C continued to serve with USAF units through 1979.

In service, the RF-101C was nicknamed the "Long Bird;" it was the only version of the Voodoo to see combat.

   
Add your memories to this entry

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2010
   
My Photos From This Aircraft/Missile
No Available Photos

Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011