Hobby Master HA3014 USAF General Dynamics FB-111A "Aardvark" Strike Aircraft - "Ruptured Duck", 393rd Bomb Squadron, 509th Bomb Wing, Pease AFB, 1989 (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 USAF General Dynamics FB-111A "Aardvark" strike aircraft that was known as "Ruptured Duck", and attached to the 393rd Bomb Squadron, 509th Bomb Wing, then deployed to Pease AFB, during 1989.
Wingspan: 12.25 inches
Length: 10.5 inches
Release Date: December 2013
Historical Account: "Atomic Repercussions" - The 393rd Bombardment Squadron is the only United States Air Force squadron to carry out a nuclear attack on an enemy in combat. During World War II, its aircraft attacked Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, and Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9th, 1945, with atomic bombs.