.: Chris Cooper's 1/144th Arii extensively modified F111G

Designed to be a multi-service tactical strike fighter, the F-111 developed into one of the most controversial aircraft ever constructed. Its problems started with the McNamara decree that the plane be designed for use by both the Air Force and Navy. Due to weight limitations that the F-111 could never achieve, the Navy version of the F-111, after seven years of expensive development was scrapped, but the technology became part of the rapidly developed Grumman F-14 tomcat!

Once divorced from its dual service role, the Aardvark or TFX as it was called during its developmental days, became a truly fine and useful piece of hardware, but its teething problems were long and severe. More hours were spent on wind-tunnel testing, 20,000, than any other modern aircraft, but when finally accepted for operational duty, it was quickly learned that the aircraft had met or exceeded every requirement originally set forth by the Air Force.

Regarded as the best of all the F-111 types, the "F" version has 25% more power from its TF-30-P100 engines, vastly superior avionics that are simpler, cheaper and much easier to maintain and superior performance in almost all categories.

It was the "F" version that participated in the famous raid on Libya, making Col. Khadafi's headquarters its primary target on a long and arduous mission from it’s bases in England. Numerous in-flight refuelings were required because of the long, round-about route the planes were forced to fly; but despite one loss, the mission was regarded as a roaring success for it certainly let Libya know that its terrorist activities could and would be punished.  

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