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Hobby Master 1/72 F-111A AARDVARK 474 TFW, 429 TFS, Thailand 1972

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Hobby Master 1:72 HA3001 F-111A AARDVARK 474 TFW, 429 TFS, Thailand 1972

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General Background
The General Dynamics F-111 “Aardvark” 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 still use theirs.

The Aircraft
When the North Vietnamese invaded South Vietnam in the spring of 1972 The 429th TFS was the first squadron to deploy. For the 429th the deployment occurred in two phases of 12 aircraft with each phase arriving at Thailand’s Takhli RTAFB in early October 1972. During the six months of Operation Constant Guard, Linebacker and Linebacker II that took place from September 28, 1972 until March 1973 the 429th along with the 430th flew over 4,000 combat sorties with only six losses.

Specifications :
Crew : 2 X pilot, weapon systems officer
Engines : 2 X Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-3 generating 18,500 lbs. thrust each
Maximum speed : 1,452 mph (2,336 km/h)
Cruising speed : 685 mph (1,102 km/h)
Normal Range : 3,632 miles (5,845 km)
Service Ceiling : 57,000 ft. (17,373 m)
Dimensions :
Length : 73.5 ft (22.4 m)
Wingspan : 63.0 ft (19.2 m) spread - 32.0 ft (9.74 m) swept
Height : 17.13 ft (5.22 m)
Wing area : 657.4 ft² (61.07 m²) spread - 525 ft² (48.77 m²) swept
Weights :
Empty: 47,481 lb (21,537 kg)
Loaded: 82,843 lb (37,577 kg)
Maximum Take: 98,979 lb (44,896 kg)
Armament: 1 X 20mm M61A1 cannon and up to 24 conventional or nuclear weapons

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Diecast Toy Manufacturer Hobby Master
Manufacturer No
Country United States
Scale 1:72
Type Jet Aircraft
Series F-111
Color Green