Are there any F-111 still in service?
The F-111 was replaced in USAF service by the F-15E Strike Eagle for medium-range precision strike missions, while the supersonic bomber role has been assumed by the B-1B Lancer….General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark.
|Retired||USAF: F-111F, 1996; EF-111A, 1998 RAAF: F-111C, 2010|
What replaced the F-111 Aardvark?
F-15E Strike Eagle
The F-111 was replaced in USAF service by the F-15E Strike Eagle for medium-range precision strike missions, while the supersonic bomber role has been assumed by the B-1B Lancer. The RAAF was the last operator of the F-111, with its aircraft serving until December 2010.
Why was the F-111 called the Pig?
In Australian military and aviation circles, the F-111 Aardvark was affectionately known as the “Pig”, due to its long snout and terrain-following ability. The F-111Cs gave the RAAF a powerful strike capability but were never used in combat.
When did the F-111 Aardvark get its name?
In all, 566 F-111s of all series were built; 159 of them were F-111As. Although the F-111 was unofficially referred to as the Aardvark, it did not receive the name officially until it was retired in 1996. An interested feature of the aircraft was its variable-geometry wings.
How tall is a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark?
Also, the Air Force wanted the aircraft designed for 7.33 g with Mach 2.5 speed at altitude and Mach 1.2 speed at low level with an approximate length of 70 ft (21.3 m). The Navy had less strenuous requirements of 6 g with Mach 2 speed at altitude and high subsonic speed (approx. Mach 0.9) at low level with a length of 56 ft (17.1 m).
Is the F-111 in the National Museum of the Air Force?
DAYTON, Ohio — General Dynamics F-111A in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock) DAYTON, Ohio — General Dynamics F-111A in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
What kind of aircraft is the General Dynamics Aardvark?
The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark is a retired American supersonic, medium-range interdictor and tactical attack aircraft that also filled the roles of strategic nuclear bomber, aerial reconnaissance, and electronic-warfare aircraft in its various versions.