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General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
The F-111 was a multi-role supersonic attack aircraft that served from 1967 until 2010 (with the RAF). It could serve as an interdictor, strategic nuclear bomber, reconnaissance platform, and electronic warfare aircraft. The latter role is probably its best known, as it was a dedicated Wild Weasel aircraft.
The F-111 was subpar in many aspects, and the planned F-111B naval interceptor was scrapped. All was not lost, because the loss of the F-111B gave us the F-14, something that I’m sure all of us are fine with.
In the 1990s, the F-15E Strike Eagle assumed most of the F-111’s roles as an attack platform, the F-16 assumed the Wild Weasel role, and the B-1b took over as the supersonic bomber. Despite this, the F-111 continued to serve in the Royal Air Force and in the Australian Air Force until their retirement in 2010.
- Type: SPH
- Class: aircraft
- Part Count: 95
- Pure Stock
This F-111 was a testbed for a new type of swing-wing that I developed. It uses airbrakes sandwiched by RCS ports to pivot the wings. This makes the wing sweep extremely quickly, with the downsides of not docking (so no time warp), as well as taking up a lot of space in the fuselage.
Simply press 1 to switch the position of the wings. Occasionally it misaligns (this typically occurs when swinging the wings while in mid-high g-loads. If this happens, the plane is still completely controllable, just a little wonky. Fear not, and fly home for a refund.
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