General Dynamics F-111F Aardvark – 493rd TFS CO, USAFE, Lakenheath UK
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA3019: F-111F Aardvark serial 70-2403, 493rd TFS CO, 48th TFW, USAF, RAF Lakenheath 1991. Production run of only 450 models.
Length 12.25 inches Wingspan 10.5 inches
In January 1960 the 493rd TFS “Grim Reapers” / 48th TFW equipped with the F-100 Super Sabre moved to RAF Lakenheath, England. In 1972 the squadron was re-equipped with the F-4 phantom II which they flew until 1977 when the F-4s were sent to Nellis AFB and after a few more trades 493rd TFS received the General Dynamics F-111F Aardvark. F-111F 70-25403 was produced in 1970 as C/N E2-42 and assigned to the CO of the 493rd TFS. The 493rd TFS re-equipped with the F-15C Eagle in 1994.
The General Dynamics F-111 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.