Australian AF F-111C Aardvark A8-132 ARDU RAAF 1988 Hobby Master HA3024 scale 1:72
Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series
Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:
Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.
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 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.