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F-111E Aardvark "The Chief" 68-0020, 20th TFW Flagship, 1989
General Background
The General Dynamics F-111 "Aardvark" entered service in 1967 as a medium-range aircraft designed for interdiction and tactical strikes. The F-111 was used as an all-weather attack aircraft capable of low-level penetration of enemy territory. It also could be used for reconnaissance and electronic warfare. Some unique features are variable geometry wings, the 2 crew members sat side by side in an escape capsule, internal weapons bay; terrain following radar and afterburning turbofans. The USAF retired their last F-111 in 1998 but the RAAF continued to use theirs.
The Aircraft
General Dynamics F-111E "Aardvark" 68-0020 was c/n A1-189/E-30 entered service December 17, 1969. In late 1971 68-0020 transferred from to the 20th TFW at RAF Upper-Heyford, England. In 1976 68-0020 wore the American Bicentennial paint scheme and in 1989 was the flagship of the 20th TFW wearing the nose art "The Chief". RAF Upper-Heyford was due to close so on December 7th 1993 68-0020 flew to Hill AFB, Utah and was retired to the Hill Aerospace Museum and was painted as "My Lucky Blonde".
Specifications :
Crew : 2 X pilot, weapon systems officer
Engines : 2 X Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-3 generating 18,500 lbs. thrust each
Maximum speed : 1,452 mph (2,336 km/h)
Cruising speed : 685 mph (1,102 km/h)
Normal Range : 3,632 miles (5,845 km)
Service Ceiling : 57,000 ft. (17,373 m)
Dimensions :
Length : 73.5 ft (22.4 m)
Wingspan : 63.0 ft (19.2 m) spread - 32.0 ft (9.74 m) swept
Height : 17.13 ft (5.22 m)
Wing area : 657.4 ft² (61.07 m²) spread - 525 ft² (48.77 m²) swept
Weights :
Empty: 47,481 lb (21,537 kg)
Loaded: 82,843 lb (37,577 kg)
Maximum Take: 98,979 lb (44,896 kg)
Armament: 1 X 20mm M61A1 cannon and up to 24 conventional or nuclear weapons