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General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

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In the early 1960's the Air Force was looking for a tactical fighter-bomber and the Navy a new air-defense fighter.  Secretary of Defense McNamara combined the two requirements in one set of specifications.  Eventually, the Navy bowed out going with the F-14 Tomcat instead.

The first flight of the F-111A was in 1964 with production aircraft entering service in 1967.  This swing-wing aircraft was capable of exceeding Mach 2.  It's typical mission was low-level penetration to bomb tactical targets.

Over 560 were built for the U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force.  The F-111 was unofficially nicknamed the "Aardvark".

Specifications (F-111F)





Type: Bomber (I don't care what the designation says)
Engines: two 25,100 lb (111.6 kN) afterburning thrust Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-100 turbofans
F-111: U.S. Air Force "fighter"
RF-111: Reconnaissance version
FB-111: Fighter-Bomber
EF-111: ECM version, named Raven, also known as Sparkvark

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