Hobby Master HA3005 USAF General Dynamics F-111G "Aardvark" Strike Aircraft - 428th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, New Mexico [Low-Vis Scheme] (1:72 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
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 US Air Force General Dynamics F-111G "Aardvark" Strike Aircraft that was attached to the 428th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, then deployed to Cannon AFB, New Mexico. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 12.25 inches
Length: 10.5 inches
Release Date: May 2011
Historical Account "Role Model" - The 428th flew mainly ground support, armed reconnaissance, and some counter air, sorties against the Luftwaffe from, April 25th, 1944 - May 8th, 1945. It flew interdiction, close air support, and escort sorties against the enemy in Korea from, August 1st, 1952 - July 27th, 1953. The squadron also flew close air support, and some escort and counter air, sorties against the enemy in Southeast Asia from, November 1964 - March 1965. Detachment 1 also flew night combat sorties against North Vietnam from, March 25th - November 21st, 1968. The 428th Squadron went on to fly interdiction and close air support sorties over North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from, January 11th - August 16th, 1973. It bombed Koh Tang Island in support of U.S. Marines during the Mayaguez incident, May 13th-15th, 1975.
The 428th was an operational F-4, 1977 - 1980, and F-16 squadron, 1980-1989. It also provided F-111 flight training from, 1990 - 1995. It was most recently part of the 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico operating F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft while conducting air superiority missions. It was reactivated in 2009 as a F-15SG Strike Eagle fighter training squadron, part of the Peace Carvin V program for the RSAF.