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General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

ICAO aircraft code F111
Manufacturer General Dynamics
Country United States
New price USD 10.3 million (1973)

The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark is a retired supersonic, medium-range, multirole combat aircraft.


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General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark Specifications

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ICAO aircraft code
General Dynamics
1967 - 1976
United States
New purchase price
USD 10.3 million (1973)

Aircraft performance

2x Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-100
25,100 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
1434 Kts
2,656 Km/h
Travel range:
3,210 Nm
5,945 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
66,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
25890 feet / minute
131.52meter / second
Take Off Distance:
1000 meter - 3,280.80 feet
Landing Distance:
1200 meter - 3,936.96 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
45,360 Kg
100,001 lbs
Max Payload:
14,300 Kg
31,526 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
5,020 gallon
19,003 liter

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About the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark is a retired supersonic, medium-range, multirole combat aircraft. Production variants of the F-111 had roles that included ground attack (e.g. interdiction), strategic bombing (including nuclear weapons capabilities), reconnaissance and electronic warfare. Developed in the 1960s by General Dynamics, the F-111 entered service in 1967 with the United States Air Force (USAF). The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also ordered the type and began operating the F-111C variant in 1973.

The F-111 pioneered several technologies for production aircraft, including variable-sweep wings, afterburning turbofan engines, and automated terrain-following radar for low-level, high-speed flight. Its design influenced later variable-sweep wing aircraft, and some of its advanced features have since become commonplace. The F-111 suffered a variety of problems during initial development.

A fighter variant, the F-111B, was not accepted for production. The F-111B was intended to perform aircraft carrier-based roles with the US Navy, including long-range interception.

USAF F-111s were retired during the 1990s with the F-111Fs in 1996 and EF-111s in 1998. 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 continued to operate the type until December 2010, when the last F-111C was retired.

The name Aardvark was derived from perceived similarities of the aircraft to the animal of the same name: a long nose and low-level, terrain-following capabilities. The word aardvark originated in the Afrikaans language, as a contraction of “earth-pig”, and this was the source of the F-111’s nickname of “Pig”, during its Australian service.

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