General Dynamics F-111F Aardvark – 494th TFS, USAFE Lakenheath 1992
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA3020: F-111F Aardvark serial 72-1450, 494th TFS, 48th TFW, USAF, RAF Lakenheath, 1992. Production run of only 450 models.
Length 12.25 inches Wingspan 10.5 inches
The 494th TFS “Panthers” / 48th TFW moved to RAF Lakenheath, England in January 1960. The squadron flew the General Dynamics F-111F Aardvark between 1977 and 1992 and re-equipped with the F-15C in 1994. F-111F 72-1450 had been assigned to the 493rd TFS but was transferred to the 494th TFS for deployment during Desert Storm. 72-1450 was later transferred to the 524th FS “Hounds Of Heaven” until 1996 when it was sent to AMARC for storage pending a possible sale to Australia but was scrapped in 2010.
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.