The General Dynamics F-111 “Aardvark” 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.

Originally RAAF F-111G A8-272 was USAF SAC FB-111G 68-0272. USAF 68-0272 was
retired on September 23, 1982 and sent to storage at Davis Monthan AFB, known as the
“Boneyard”. In 1992 the RAAF purchased fifteen USAF F-111s including 68-0272 that
became A8-272. The other fourteen F-111s were still in service with the USAF but 68-0272
was taken out of storage and made airworthy. 68-0272 became the only F-111 to ever fly
again in an operational capacity earning the nickname “Boneyard Wrangler”. On May 1,
2009, A8-272 was sent to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook.

There were 34 F-111As reconfigured to F-111Gs for tactical use.
The conversion consisted of minor avionics updates and strengthening the airframe for the
new role.

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
Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA3026
F-111G "Boneyard Wrangler"
A8-272, 6 Squadron, RAAF, 1994-2007
1/72 scale pre-finished.

Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.

Professionally painted.

All markings are pad applied for superb results.

Crew figures.

24 Mk. 82 bombs.

Model has variable-sweep wings that work.

Comes with display stand.

Landing gear can be displayed up or down.

Extremely sought after by collectors.
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