General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

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Despite its uncertain start the F-111 proved to be one of the most successful and influential designs of the 1960s. Its radical 'swing wing' was adopted by the F-14 Tomcat, Panavia Tornado and Rockwell B-1B Lancer while its turbofan-type engines became standard in many combat aircraft. F-111 crews pioneered tactics using terrain-following and laser targeting devices that made the F-15E Eagle's missions possible. Its 4, 000 low-altitude penetration missions during Operation Linebacker in Vietnam showed how individual aircraft can deliver crippling blows to enemy capability without loss to themselves. The recent retirement of the F-111 from Australian service appears to have created a surge of interest in the type, which hasn't been featured in previous Osprey works.Another plan called for PAVE Tack-equipped F-4E Phantom IIs to a#39;buddy lasea#39; LGBs for the F-111Es. ... was used to support UN activity during a period of unrest in East Timor in 1999, when Indonesia threatened to shoot down any F-111s overflying the area. ... The RAAF generated different low-level routes over all terrain without FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] limitations, ensuring that they couldanbsp;...

Title:General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
Author:Peter Davies, Alan Tooby
Publisher:Osprey Publishing - 2013-10-20


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