Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA3019
F-111F Aardvark
70-2403, 493rd TFS CO, 1991
1/72 scale pre-finished.

Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.

Professionally painted.

All markings are pad applied for superb results.

Crew figure.

Model has variable-sweep wings that work.

Comes with display stand.

Landing gear can be displayed up or down.

Extremely sought after by collectors.
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 afterburning turbofans. The USAF retired their last F-111 in 1998 but the RAAF
continued to use theirs.

In January 1960 the 493rd TFS “Grim Reapers” / 48th TFW equipped with the F-100 Super
Sabre moved to RAF Lakenheath, England. In 1972 the squadron was re-equipped with the
F-4 phantom II which they flew until 1977 when the F-4s were sent to Nellis AFB and after a
few more trades 493rd TFS received the General Dynamics F-111F Aardvark. F-111F
70-25403 was produced in 1970 as C/N E2-42 and assigned to the CO of the 493rd TFS.
The 493rd TFS re-equipped with the F-15C Eagle in 1994.

General Dynamics F-111A specifications

Crew – 2 X pilot, weapon systems officer

Performance
Engines – 2 X Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-3 generating 18,500 lbs. thrust each
Maximum speed – 1,452 mph   (2,336 km/h)   
Cruising speed -  685 mph   (1,102 km/h)
Normal Range - 3,632 miles   (5,845 km)
Service Ceiling - 57,000 ft.   (17,373 m)

Dimensions
Length - 73.5 ft   (22.4 m)
Wingspan - 63.0 ft   (19.2 m) spread; 32.0 ft   (9.74 m) swept
Height - 17.13 ft   (5.22 m)
Wing area - 657.4 ft²   (61.07 m²) spread; 525 ft²   (48.77 m²) swept

Weight
Empty - 47,481 lb   (21,537 kg)
Loaded - 82,843 lb   (37,577 kg)
Maximum takeoff - 98,979 lb   (44,896 kg)
Armament
1 X 20mm M61A1 cannon and up to 24 conventional or nuclear weapons
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