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1/144 F111 Aardvark, USAF

RELEASED DECEMBER 2017

The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark was a supersonic, medium-range interdictor and tactical attack aircraft that also filled the roles of strategic nuclear bomber, aerial reconnaissance, and electronic-warfarre aircraft in its various versions. Developed in the 1960s by General Dynamics, it first entered service in 1967 with the United State Air Force. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also ordered the type and began operating F-111Cs in 1973.

 

The F-111 pioneered several technologies for production aircraft, including variable-sweep wings, afterburning turbofan engines, and automated

terrain-following radar for low-level, high-speed flight. Its design influenced later variable-sweep wing aircraft, and some of its advanced features have since become commonplace. The F-111 suffered a variety of problems during initial development. Several of its intended roles, such as an aircraft

carrier-based naval interceptor with the F-111B, failed to materialize.

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