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The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark was an American supersonic, medium-range interdictor and tactical attack aircraft that also filled the roles of strategic nuclear bomber, aerial reconnaissance, and electronic-warfare aircraft in its various versions. Developed in the 1960s by General Dynamics, it first entered service in 1967 with the United States Air Force. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also ordered the type and began operating F-111Cs 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. Several of its intended roles, such as an aircraft carrier-based naval interceptor with the F-111B, failed to materialize.
USAF F-111 variants were retired in 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 was the last operator of the F-111, with its aircraft serving until December 2010.
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One of my favourite aircraft of all time, the F-111 Aardvark
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RAAF Amberley, middle of the three long shelters, home to Supers and Growlers today.
Maximum bomb load - 51. 48 under the wings and 3 in the weapons bay. The only downside is that the wings cannot be swept in this configuration as the outer pylons do not swivel.

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Four Australian F-111s flying towards Nellis Air Force Base after a refueling exercise during Red Flag 2006

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Defence Airshow 2010. Last dump and burn for the F-111 at a airshow.
 
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The Lexmark Indy 300 was the scene of a "dump & burn" 28/10/2003 when an RAAF F111 put on a spectacular flying display.
Photographer: AC Greg Pierce Unit: 82WG Date: 28/10/2003

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An air-to-air left side view of a Royal Australian Air Force F-111C aircraft competing in RECONNAISSANCE AIR MEET '86. Reconnaissance pilots, photo interpreters and maintenance crews from the US Air Force, Air National Guard, Navy and Marines, Royal Australian Air Force and the United Kingdom are competing in the event sponsored by the Tactical Air Command.

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Royal Australian Air Force F-111C fighters formate on an Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker during a Red Flag 09-03 mission March 4. The F-111Cs and their crews provided long-range strike capabilities for the exercise's "Blue" forces. Many of the RAAF F-111s at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., for Red Flag 09-03 are former U.S. Air Force aircraft that were based at Nellis in the 1960s. Red Flag provides realistic combat training for U.S., allied and coalition air forces.
 
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F-111 Artwork by Ronald Wong
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F111F- Over Germany

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F111- Desert Storm

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F111 legacy

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F111F Over Lochness

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F111 494 TFS Panthers - 48th TFW RAF Lakenheath

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F111 ground crew​
 
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F-111 Artwork by Ronald Wong
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F111- roosters

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F111 - low

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F111 pilot

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Ronald painting a tiger head to the nose of an F-111E in 1993.
Perched on a workstand, and inside a cold and damp HAS, it only took Ronald 30 minutes to complete the artwork. The aircraft was then flow back to the United States. Years later the panel with the nose art was returned to the United Kingdom to adorn F-111E 67-120 which is on display in the American Memorial at Duxford.

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Ronald beside the artwork at Duxford in 2001
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RAAF General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark in flight, 2006.

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RAAF General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark in flight

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RAAF General Dynamics F-111C Aardvark in flight, 1981
 

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