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Posted on 08/16/2009


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General Dynamics FB-111 Aardvark (3197)

General Dynamics FB-111 Aardvark (3197)
The F-111 was the first operational Air Force aircraft to have variable geometry or swing-wings. The wings could be extended for take-off, landing and slow speed flight or swept back, as seen on our aircraft for high-speed flight . It was equipped with terrain-following radar and could operate at supersonic speeds at extremely low altitude. It could carry two Short-Range Attack Missiles in its weapons bay and up to four SRAMs externally on the wings or 31,500 pounds of conventional bombs. In 1986, F-111 crews stationed at RAF Lakenheath, UK, along with Navy A-6 Intruder crews staged a retaliatory strike on Libya in response to Libyan-sponsored terrorism. F-111s were retired in 1996.

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