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The General Dynamics F-111 was renowned as a highly capable strike aircraft, and considered the best of its type in the region. Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, is a fan.

“The F-111 presented the Air Force with a rare opportunity to acquire an aircraft which was ideally suited to Australia’s geostrategic circumstances and the Air Force’s operational intent,” he tells Australian Aviation. “For Air Force, the range, payload and mission profiles of the F-111 matched the likely operation tasks to be expected of Australia strike aircraft. At the time, the Air Force’s main strike platform was the venerable Canberra bomber. The step-change capability the F-111 offered over the Canberra was revolutionary.”

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Comments (4)

  • Rick

    says:

    Absolutely stunning aircraft I witnessed the dump and burn over the harbour bridge and also saw a few buzzing the Waitemata harbour in Auckland. Another Barnes Wallis invention with the variable geometry wing being refined in this superb aircraft meaning it had the ability to fly low and slow and high and fast. Great read thanks AA.

  • Kevin Erwin

    says:

    The RAAF did not fly the F111 in Vietnam. The F111s flown in Vietnam were flown by the USAF.

  • geober

    says:

    Four F-111A aircraft were bought from the USAF stock to replace four F-111C which were lost in accidents. They were modified to F111C standard here including the most obvious the extensions to the wing tips to align with the rear stabilator ends.

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Inside the Archive: F-111

written by Staff reporter | March 10, 2021

The General Dynamics F-111 was renowned as a highly capable strike aircraft, and considered the best of its type in the region. Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, is a fan.

“The F-111 presented the Air Force with a rare opportunity to acquire an aircraft which was ideally suited to Australia’s geostrategic circumstances and the Air Force’s operational intent,” he tells Australian Aviation. “For Air Force, the range, payload and mission profiles of the F-111 matched the likely operation tasks to be expected of Australia strike aircraft. At the time, the Air Force’s main strike platform was the venerable Canberra bomber. The step-change capability the F-111 offered over the Canberra was revolutionary.”

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Comments (4)

  • Rick

    says:

    Absolutely stunning aircraft I witnessed the dump and burn over the harbour bridge and also saw a few buzzing the Waitemata harbour in Auckland. Another Barnes Wallis invention with the variable geometry wing being refined in this superb aircraft meaning it had the ability to fly low and slow and high and fast. Great read thanks AA.

  • Kevin Erwin

    says:

    The RAAF did not fly the F111 in Vietnam. The F111s flown in Vietnam were flown by the USAF.

  • geober

    says:

    Four F-111A aircraft were bought from the USAF stock to replace four F-111C which were lost in accidents. They were modified to F111C standard here including the most obvious the extensions to the wing tips to align with the rear stabilator ends.

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