The General Dynamics F-111 entered service in 1967 as a medium-range aircraft designed for interdiction and tactical strikes. The F-111 was used as an all-weather attack aircraft capable of low-level penetration of enemy territory. It also could be used for reconnaissance and electronic warfare. Some unique features are variable geometry wings, the 2 crew members sat side by side in an escape capsule, internal weapons bay; terrain following radar and after burning turbofans. The USAF retired their last F-111 in 1998 but the RAAF continued to use theirs.
F-111A 67-0052 began service with the 429th ECS/366th TFW. 67-0052 was the last of 42 F-111As converted to EF-111As and was assigned to the 42nd ECS stationed at RAF Upper Heyford, England between July 1983 and July 1992. In April of 1986 67-0052 was one of six Ravens providing electronic countermeasures to USN aircraft during Operation El Dorado Canyon in Libya. In 1987 the aircraft was nicknamed “Cherry Bomb” after an EB-66 that had previously served with the 42nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron. On April 1, 1998 67-0052 was sent to AMARC.
Hobby Master's 1:72 scale F-111 Aardvark is a large model in this scale with many fine features, such as articulating swing wings with under-wing ordnance, configured with ball and socket mounts for secure and easy positioning. The large canopy is removable for easy viewing of the cockpit's interior and crew figures, and structural component details can be seen inside the main gear bay. The landing gear has been included as complete subassemblies for quick and easy configuration. Variants in this series include the early F-111A, the F-111C with longer wings and the EF-111A Raven with electronic warfare equipment bulge on top of the fin
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