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NEWS | Nov. 4, 2011

F-101 Voodoo finds new home at DLIELC

By Joe Bela 502nd Air Base Wing OL-A Public Affairs

An F-101 Voodoo that last flew with the Texas Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Wing, found a new home recently at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center.

The aircraft spent its time in retirement as a training aid near the 344th Training Squadron on Joint Base SanAntonio-Lackland's southwest corner before being moved to its new location by the DLIELC flag circle Oct. 22.

"Rather than allow the Voodoo to sit as a derelict to be ravaged by the sands of time, the DLIELC team asked for the aircraft to be displayed by their flag circle," said Gerry Proctor, 37th Training Wing public affairs officer.

The F-101, a supersonic fighter-bomber, was mounted on a pedestal and now stands as a static display next to DLIELC's Sebille Hall, named after Maj. Louis Sebille, commander of the 67th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, who flew the F-51 Mustang during the Korean War.

During an air strike mission, his aircraft was damaged and he was wounded. On a second pass, he deliberately crashed into the convoy and lost his life. The Voodoo appropriately stands next to Sebille Hall, because the F-101 was added to the tactical reconnaissance mission and Sebille's unit flew the Voodoo after his death.

"This aircraft bears a tie to airmanship and our heritage. It speaks to the staff and students of the mission of the Air Force - to 'Fly, Fight and Win,' no matter what the setting," said Col. Patrick Vetter, 37th Training Wing vice commander.