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New images added Hobby Master HA3025 F-111A Aardvark 67-0067, 429th TFS/474th TFW, Thailand, Early 1970s

New images added Hobby Master HA3025 F-111A Aardvark 67-0067, 429th TFS/474th TFW, Thailand, Early 1970s. Pre-orders for this 1:72 scale model are being taken at £82.95.

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.

The 474th TFW was the first operational wing to be equipped with the F-111. In early 1968 the USAF sent a small number of F-111s to South East Asia where 3 aircraft were lost. The losses were the result of structural defects. The defects were corrected and replacement aircraft were sent with 67-0067 and 67-0062 arriving on October 23, 1970 with others to follow. F-111 67-0067 can be seen on display at the “National Museum of the USAF” at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio painted in 428th TFS.

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