General Dynamics F-111F Aardvark Aircraft Data
Photo ID 260477 by Mat Herben. USA Air Force General Dynamics F 111F Aardvark, 73 0711
Long-range, tactical strike aircraft.

The F-111F is the ultimate version of the F-111 platform developed for the USAF's Tactical Air Command (TAC). The uprated P&W TF30-P-100 turbofans, providing a substantial increase in performance over the previous TF30-P-3 engines. Many of the components from the strategic FB-111A were incorporated into the F-111F's design. Among the items included were the AN/APQ-146 terrain following RADAR. During the 1980's the Pave Tack FLIR and laser designator system was added along with digital displays as part of the Pacer Strike avionics upgrade package.

The F-111F participated in the "El Dorado Canyon" strikes on Libya and in Operation Desert Storm. The USAF retired their fleet of F-111F's in 1996, replacing them with the then McDonnell Douglas F-15E "Strike Eagle".
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • First Flight: 12/21/64
  • Initial Service Date: 7/18/67
  • No. Built: 106
  • No. In Service: 0
  • No. of Hardpoints: 9
  • Crew: 2

Power:

2 × Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-100 turbofans at 25,100 lbf

Weapons:

M61 Vulcan 20 mm gatling cannon, fitted to the internal weapons bay
B43, B57, B61 tactical nuclear weapons, carried internally.
Mk 82 (500 lb/227 kg), Mk 83 (1,000 lb/454 kg), Mk 84 (2,000 lb/907 kg), Mk 117 (750 lb/340 kg).
BLU-107 (483 lb/219 kg), BLU-109 (2,000 lb/907 kg) runway cratering/concrete penetration bombs.
GBU-10 (2,000 lb/907 kg), GBU-12 (500 lb/227 kg), GBU-28 (5,000 lb/2,177 kg) laser-guided bombs.
AGM-130 (3,000 lb/1, 325 kg) stand-off bomb.
AIM-9 Air-to-air Missiles.

Dimensions:

Length: 73 ft. 6 in.
Wing Span: 63 ft. 0 in./32 ft.
Wing Area: 657/525 sq.ft
Height: 17 ft. 1.5 in.
Empty Weight: 47,200 lbs
Max. Weight: 100,000 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load: 31,500 lbs
Internal Fuel: 42,086 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed: 1,650 mph
Cruise Speed: 470 mph
Service Ceiling: 66,000 ft.
Normal Range: 1,160 nm
Max. Range: 3,700 nm

Operators:

United States Air Force (r. 1996)

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