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F-111C Aardvark "RAAF Farewell" A8-113, No. 82 Wing, Dec 2010
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 still use theirs.
The Aircraft
Built for the USAF TAC General Dynamics F-111A 67-113 first flew in August 1969. In 1972 it went to Vietnam and flew 44 combat missions and placed in storage in 1973. 67-113 was delivered to the RAAF 3 Aircraft Depot as A8-113 and modified to RAAF Avionics Update Program (digital) ‘Pave Tack’ F-111C. The USAF retired their F-111s in 1998 but it wasn’t until 2010 when the RAAF retired theirs. A8-113 was given a “Farewell” scheme and later retired to the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre in Darwin.
Specifications :
Role : two-seat variable geometry, all-weather strike bomber
Entered service : Ordered in 1963, Delivered in June 1973
Crew : 2 side by side in air conditioned and pressurized capsule. The capsule ejects to provide shelter and protection from outside elements
Powerplant : 2 x Pratt & Whitney TF30-P103 two shaft axial flow turbofan engines rated @18,500 lb thrust with afterburners
Engine weight : 4,062lb (1,843 kg)
Max Speed (clean) : Mach 2.4 @ 40,000ft, Mach 1.1 @sea level
Typical range : cruise 485 mph at 19,000ft
Climb rate (combat) : 23,000ft/min
Ceiling Height : 50,000 / 65,000ft (depending on weight)
Ferry range with internal fuel : 3,700 miles
Dimensions :
Length : 73.6 ft (22.4 m)
Height : 17.14 ft (5.22 m)
Wing area : 550sq ft (51.1m2)
Wing Sweep : 16 degrees (extended) - 70ft (21.33m) span
72 degrees (full) sweep - 33ft 11.5in (10.35 m)
Weights :
Empty: 55,275 lb (25,072 kg)
Loaded: 70,000 lb (31,751 kg)
Maximum Takeoff: 89,000 lb (40,370 kg)
Armament: 1 x 20mm M61A1 Vulcan with 2,084 rounds. (No longer carried)
4 x GBU-15, 2000lb T.V. Guided Bombs
4 x GBU-10, 2000lb Laser Guided bombs
4 x Mk.84, 2,000lb bombs
20 x Karinga cluster bomblet dispensers
24 x 25lb practice bombs
24 x 25 lb high-drag practice bombs
4 x Harpoon, radar guided anti shipping missiles
4 x GBU-12, 500lb Laser guided
20 x Mk.82 500lb iron bombs with high-drag tail attachment
24 x standard Mk.82 bombs
Up to 6 x AIM-9 Sidewinder, Air-Air Missiles
6 x 600 gallon drop tanks
The internal weapons bay can house either fuel, bombs or the AVQ-26 Pave Tack Target Designator