F-111F Aardvark Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1967 Total Production: 563 Unitary Cost: USD$75 million Also Known As:EF-111A Raven, F-111A, F-111B, F-111C, F-111D, F-111E, F-111G, FB-111 and RF-111C Origin:United States of America
Description: F-111 is a twin-engine, swing-wing strike fighter-bomber developed to meet the requirements of both the US Air Force (USAF) and the US Navy. F-111A entered service in the USAF in 1967. F-111B model which was being developed for the Navy was cancelled in 1968. FB-111 was a nuclear capable variant operated by USAF till 1990 when the cold war was over. Thereafter FB-111 assumed the conventional strike role under F-111G designation. F-111C was a variant combining F-111A and FB-111 features sold to Australia. Australia also developed the RF-111C reconnaissance aircraft based on this aircraft.
F-111 features a two-man crew seated side-by-side inside a cabin/capsule that is ejected from the aircraft in a catastrophic event. It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney TF-30 turbofan engines each rated at between 18,500- and 25,000-lb. It flies supersonic and at low altitude avoiding detection by enemy radars and other surveillance sensors thus increasing this way its survivability and the probability of mission success. F-111s were deployed by the USAF for the last time during operation Desert Storm in 1991 delivering smart munitions. The F-111 was also deployed to Vietnam where it was involved in the utilization of smart munitions still under development such as the laser-guided bomb.
F-111D, F-111E and F-111F were improved models featuring digital avionics, improved engines, new air inlets and other advancements. All these aircraft were assigned to the tactical strike role. EF-111A Raven was an electronic warfare (EW) aircraft derived from the F-111A. It retained F-111A's supersonic speed. USAF F-111 strike fighter-bomber and EF-111 EW aircraft were withdrawn from active duty in the 1990s. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officially retired the last F-111 aircrafts on December 3, 2010. Australia selected the F/A-18F aircraft as the replacement for the obsolete F-111.
F-111F Aardvark Specifications
Number of Engines: 2 Dimensions Height: 5.10 meter (16.7 foot)
Length: 22 meter (72 foot)
Wingspan: 19 meter (62 foot) Performance Ceiling: 18,000 meter (59,055 foot) Speed Top Speed at High Altitude: 731 mps (2,632 kph) Weight Max Takeoff Thrust: 50,000 pound (22,680 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 45,000 kilogram (99,206 pound)
Payload: 11,000 kilogram (24,250 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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