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F-111F Aardvark 74-0178, 494th FS CO, 1992
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
Built by General Dynamics in 1974 as c/n E2-96 F-111F 74-0178 spent a great deal of time assigned to the 494th FS/48th FW “Panthers” stationed at RAF Lakenheath, UK. The 494th FS was re-activated in July 1952 and has been located at RAF Lakenheath since 1950. They have been equipped with F-84s, F-86s, F-100s, F-4s, F-111Fs until 1992 and presently F- 15Es. Since reforming in 1952, the squadron has flown in Operation El Dorado Canyon (raid on Libya), Operation Desert Storm, Operation Allied Force and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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