Review: F-111 Aardvark By Just Flight
By Bill Stack
Screen shots by Just Flight
The F-111 Aardvark was a tactical military fighter that served many roles from the 1960s through the 1990s. Its primary role was interdictor, which operates behind enemy lines to disrupt, delay, or destroy enemy forces or supplies to prevent them from harming friendly forces in battle. Various versions provided strategic bombing, aerial reconnaissance, and electronic warfare services. Several new technologies that are now commonplace were deployed with F-111s, such as variable-sweep wings, afterburning turbofan engines, and terrain-following radar. It was flown by the United States Air Force, the U.S. Navy, and the Royal Australian Air Force. Its final operator was the RAAF, which retired its F-111s in 2010.
A 1965 pop-art painting of an F-111 Aardvark by James Rosenquist hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Sounds of an F-111 are recorded on the Voyager Golden Record that went into deep space with the famous Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977.
The F-111 Aardvark is unlike any stock FSX aircraft, so I can give only a generalized comparison: It's longer than a Learjet 45 (73 feet versus 58 feet) but not as long as a Bombardier Regional Jet 700 (106 feet). It's about one-third heavier than a CRJ-700 (100,000 LBS versus 72,500 LBS), and more than three times faster than the CRJ-700 (1,650 MPH versus 515 MPH ).
|Maximum Take-off Weight||100,000 LBS
|Empty Weight||47,200 LBS
|Fuel Capacity||7,620 USG
|Maximum Speed 2||Mach 2.5
|Cruising Speed 3|| KTS
|Ceiling 2||66,000 FT
|Range 2||432 NM
|Wing Span||63 FT, 19.2 M, spread
32 FT, 9.75 M, swept
|Power||17,000 LBS, dry thrust
25,100 LBS, afterburner
|Sources: Just Flight unless otherwise noted, 2) Wikipedia, 3) USAF Museum|