Hobby Master HA3001 USAF General Dynamics F-111 "Aardvark" Strike Aircraft - 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, Thailand, 1972 (1:72 Scale)
"Tell the Vietnamese they've got to draw in their horns or we're going to bomb them back into the Stone Age. And we would shove them back into the Stone Age with Air power or Naval power, not with ground forces."
- General Curtis LeMay, May 1964
The General Dynamics F-111 "Aardvark" is a medium-range interdictor and tactical strike aircraft that also fills the roles of strategic bomber, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare in its various versions. Developed in the 1960s and first entering service in 1967, the United States Air Force (USAF) variants were officially retired by 1998. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is the sole remaining operator of the F-111.
The F-111 pioneered several technologies for production military aircraft including variable-sweep wings, afterburning turbofan engines, and automated terrain following radar for low-level, high-speed flight. Its design was influential, being reflected in later Soviet aircraft such as the Sukhoi Su-24, and some of its advanced features have since become commonplace. During its inception, however, the F-111 suffered a variety of development problems, and several of its intended roles, such as naval interception through the F-111B, failed to materialize.
In USAF service the F-111 has been effectively replaced by the F-15E Strike Eagle for medium-range precision strike missions, while the supersonic bomber role has been assumed by the B-1B Lancer. In 2007, the RAAF decided to replace its 21 F-111s in 2010 with 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale rendition of a USAF General Dynamics F-111 "Aardvark" Strike Aircraft that was attached to the 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, then deployed to Thailand during 1972. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 12.25 inches
Length: 10.5 inches
Release Date: October 2010
Original Issue Price: $79.99
Historical Account: "Gone But Not Forgotten" - The 474th Tactical Fighter Wing is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada where it trained combat-ready aircrews and maintained a rapid-reaction capability to execute fighter attacks against enemy forces and facilities in time of crisis.
During its operational lifetime, the 474th was engaged in combat operations during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The 474th TFW was deactivated on September 30th, 1989.