General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

$10.3 million interdictor, fighter bomber, and strategic bomber

General Dynamics F 111 Aardvark 1
photo: Robert Sullivan

The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark is developed by General Dynamics in the 1960s as a medium-range interdictor and tactical attack aircraft. The aircraft is also suitable for strategic nuclear bombing, aerial reconnaissance, and as well as electronic warfare. In 1967, the F-111 Aardvark entered service with the United States Air Force. In 1973, it also entered service with the Royal Australian Air Force.

Manufacturer:
General Dynamics
Country:
United States
Manufactured:
1967 to: 1976
ICAO:
F111
Price:
US$10.3 million (1973)

Specifications

Avionics:
GMR and TFR
Engine:
2x Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-100
Turbofan
Power:
25,100 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
1434 knots
2,656 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
3,210 Nautical Miles
5,945 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
66,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
25890 feet / minute
131.52metre / second
Take Off Distance:
1000 metre - 3,280.80 feet
Landing Distance:
1200 metre - 3,936.96 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
45,360 Kg
100,001 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
14,300 Kg
31,526 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
5,020 gallon
19,003 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
2 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
22.4 metre - 73.49 feet
Tail height:
5.22 metre - 17.13 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.6 metre - 5.25 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
19.2 metre - 62.99 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets
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Description

The “Cadillac of the F-111 force” and the last version produced for Tactical Air Command was designated as the F-111F. In 1969, the United States Air Force accepted the development of the version. It was produced from 1970 to 1976 with a total number of 106 F-111Fs built. It has an external length of 22.40 meters, an external height of 2.7 meters, and a fuselage width of 1.6 meters. The strengthened wing has a wingspan of 19 meters, a lower swept wingspan of 9.8 meters, and a wing area of 61.07 square meters when spread and 48.8 square meters when swept. It has a tail height of 5.22 meters and a wheelbase of 7.3 meters. The aircraft has an empty weight of 21,410 kg ad a gross weight of 37,557 kg. The maximum takeoff weight is 45,359 kg and the maximum payload is 14,300 kg. It has a fuel tank capacity of 5,020 US gal.

The F-111F is powered by two Pratt and Whitney TF30-P-100 afterburning turbofan engines. It is a low-bypass turbofan which produces a maximum dry thrust of 17,900 lbf each and 25,100 lbf with afterburner. The maximum speed is 1,434 knots at altitude and 795 knots at sea level. It has a ferry range of 3,210 nautical miles with external drop tanks. The aircraft can fly up to 66,000 feet and can climb at a rate of 25,890 feet per minute.

The F-111F version could be loaded with a single 20 mm M61A1 Vulcan six-barreled Gatling cannon in the bomb bay. It has nine hardpoints; eight under the wings and one under the fuselage, plus two attach points in the bomb bay with a capacity of 14,300 kg with provisions to carry combinations of AGM-69 SRAM thermonuclear air-to-surface missile and various bombs such as AGM-130 stand-off bomb, free-fall general-purpose bombs, cluster bombs, hardened penetration bomb, paveway laser-guided bombs, runway-cratering bomb, electro-optical bomb, and nuclear bombs.