General Dynamics F-111

The General Dynamics F-111 is an American medium-range strategic bomber, reconnaissance, and tactical strike aircraft designed in the 1960s. The United States Air Force (USAF) variants were officially retired by 1998. The only remaining operator of the F-111 is the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). 

The F-111 pioneered several technologies for production military aircraft, including variable geometry wings, afterburning turbofan engines, and terrain following radar for low-level, high-speed flight. Its design was highly influential, particularly for Soviet engineers, and some of its advanced features have since become commonplace. In its inception, however, the F-111 suffered a variety of development problems, and several of its intended roles, such as naval interception, 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, Australia decided to replace its F-111s in 2010 with 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets.

General Dynamics F-111
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer General Dynamics
Origin United States of America
Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 1964
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot and weapons system operator)
  • Length: 73.5 ft (22.4 m)
  • Wingspan: Spread: 63 ft 0 in (19.2 m)
    • Swept: 32ft0in (9.8m) (9.75 m)
  • Height: 17.13 ft (5.22 m)
  • Wing area: Spread: 657.4 ft (61.07 m)
    • Swept: 525 ft (48.77 m)
  • Airfoil: NACA 64-210.68 root, NACA 64-209.80 tip
  • Empty weight: 47,481 lb (21,537 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 82,843 lb (37,577 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 98,979 lb (44,896 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 x Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-100 turbofans
    • Dry thrust: 17,900 lbf (79.6 kN) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 25,100 lbf (112 kN) each
  • Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0186
  • Drag area: 9.36 ft (0.87 m)
  • Aspect ratio:
    • Spread: 7.56
    • Swept: 1.95

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.5 (1,650 mph, 2,655 km/h)
  • Combat radius: 1,330 mi (1,160 NM, 2,140 km)
  • Ferry range: 3,220 mi (2,800 NM, 5,190 km)
  • Service ceiling 56,650 ft (17,270 m)
  • Rate of climb: 25,890 ft/min (131.5 m/s)
  • Wing loading: Spread: 126.0 lb/ft (615.2 kg/m)
  • Swept: 158 lb/ft (771 kg/m)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.61
  • Lift-to-drag ratio: 15.8

Armament

  • Guns: 1 x M61 Vulcan 20 mm (0.787 in) gatling cannon (seldom fitted)
  • Hardpoints: external hardpoints have a capability of 31,500 lb (14,300 kg) of ordnance

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