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Fargo Air Museum adds historic plane to lineup

The museum added an F-101B jet, which was last seen by the public at the Fargo AirSho in 1997.

A gray plane with a pointed nose has U.S. Air Force printed on the side
The F-101B Voodoo plane at the Fargo Air Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, is on loan from the 119th Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, and hasn’t been accessible to the general public since 1997.
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FARGO — The Fargo Air Museum welcomed a new addition which hasn't been seen by the public since it flew in the 1997 Fargo AirSho.

The F-101B Voodoo is on loan from the 119th Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, and was actually flown by the North Dakota National Guard in Fargo, from 1969 to 1973.

It was flown in the 1970 and 1972 United States Air Force weapons competition, known as the William Tell, which helped the Happy Hooligans place first both times.

Before then it was at the Grand Forks Air Force Base from 1960 until 1969, where it flew in the 18 Fighter Interceptor Squadron.

"It spent its entire Air Force career here in North Dakota," said Max Sabin, curator at the Fargo Air Museum.

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The museum's upcoming fall fundraiser will honor the Hooligans which won in 1970 and 1972, and will be the first place you can see the jet in person.

"We're going to have the trophies out on display, obviously, this big bird right behind me. It'll just be available for everyone to see at least during the fall fundraiser and through the winter as well," Sabin said.

Tickets to the Fargo Air Museum's 14th Annual Celebrity Dinner and Auction on Sept. 24, are available on the museum's website .

Ben Morris joined WDAY in June of 2021 as a news reporter. He grew up in southern New Hampshire, before he moved to Fargo. He majored in media communications and minored in marketing at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
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