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General Dynamics F-111D 'Aardvark'

Description
Notes: Upgraded F-111A.
  Manufacturer:General Dynamics
  Base model:F-111
  Designation:F-111
  Version:D
  Nickname:Aardvark
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Fighter

Specifications
  Length: 73' 6" 22.4 m
  Height:17' 1.5" 5.2 m
  Wingspan: 63' 19.2 m
  Empty Weight: 46,631 lb 21,147 kg
  Gross Weight: 73,000 lb 33,106 kg
  Max Weight: 100,000 lb 45,351 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-9 (A/B 20,840 Lb)
  Thrust (each):10,600 lb 4,807 kg

Performance
  Cruise Speed: 685 mph 1,103 km/h 596 kt
  Max Speed: 1,452 mph 2,338 km/h 1,263 kt
  Ceiling: 57,000 ft 17,373 m

Known serial numbers
68-0085 / 68-0180, 69-5834 / 69-5920, 70-0020 / 70-0185, 70-0293 / 70-0379, 71-0001 / 71-0096, 72-0001 / 72-0084 , 73-0001 / 73-0084 , 74-0001 / 74-0080


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Pablo Jasso
 El paso,, TX
Looking for Tsgt Charlie Ash who was at Cannon (522nd) in 1982. Charlie please contact me at (915) 309-0947 or at pablojasso@elp.rr.com. I had a serious head injury and you were there, rushed me to base hosp. I was nicknamed "pitot paul" after that.
05/22/2013 @ 08:37 [ref: 67827]
 Ed Sulak
 Houston, TX
I was an A-Shopper in the 523(blue section) from 82-85. I also was on the roadrunner crew. The F-111D may have had advanced avionics for its day, but, every time a plane came back from a sortie we had equipment failure. Most memorable time was TDY to S. Korea. We island hopped across the pacific as part of the launch and recovery team. Props to the pilots that broke the planes in Hawaii and Guam. Worst time there, was picking up bombs, at Melrose, for a week. We caught as many rattlesnakes as bombs we picked up. Let's not forget about the stench from the cattleyard across the highway from base. Good times.
08/26/2012 @ 04:18 [ref: 66411]
 John Hiscox
 Northfield,, MN
I trained on 68-126 then Crewed 127 then 68-128 at Canno back in 1973-1975. In 1975 I went to master schedulers school at Rantoul, IL Came back to Cannon and worked in production scheduling. We discoverd a fuel leak on 126 in 1974 and the entire fleet was grounded for most of a year while we took all the engins, inner heat shields and inner panels off of every bird on the base. We lost 7 while I was ther and only one crew survived. Awsome aircraft but that avionics package really was a problem on the D model. We managed to keep the Russians from invading Cannon though for that 5 years and living ind Clovis, getting married in 73 at the Base Chapel gave us many treasured memories. We have kept in contact with several friends from that time. We stopped through Clovis two years ago OMG we couldn't find anything.
05/11/2012 @ 14:11 [ref: 57019]
 Terry Moulton
 saginaw, MI
mike smith and sandy glad to hear from you and good to hear all is well...mike tyndall...not sure if you remember me but i know we have a few laughs and drinks at danny b's house....i talk to dan every now and then....just got off the phone with another mike...mike zimmerman, who was at cannon...he retired this yr as a cmsgt doing 30yrs...good for him...big surprise to me... but good for him...hope to hear from all again
03/04/2012 @ 18:41 [ref: 53617]
 Mike Tyndall
 Kennesaw, GA
One other than I cannot believe that I forgot. Working on the Road Runner team, we were equipped with UHF radios to be in contact with aircrews and the tower. One day we hear that one F-111D is returning to base with a confirmed engine fire. He was told to return to Melrose Range and "punch out". No one had yet survived a F-111 ejection. The pilot who was an IP said he was coming back. He dumped fuel on approach with flames all up the tail as he approached. The fire was also in the rear wheel well and they could not open it. He landed with no landing gear down, no hydraulics, just his tail hook and one engine operating. As the tail hook hit the runway, he pulled the nose up slightly and caught the arresting cable, then landed flat and slid to a halt on a bed of foam. The WSO's hatch was open and his leg hanging out way before they stopped. An amazing sight!!!
09/29/2011 @ 09:19 [ref: 49317]
 Mike Tyndall
 Kennesaw, GA
I was an "A shopper" on the F-111D 1975 - 1980. Most memorable event was winning the SAC bombing competition in 1980!! All of us on the team got a flight in the WSO seat, and we enlisted were provided with free run of the "O" Club. I also worked on the Road Runner launch and recovery team with Mickey Rigney (see his earlier post). When working launch, we would repair avionics with the crew on board and one engine running. I remember we were changing a cockpit display with Lt.Capt. Fernando Ribas (sp?)in the WSO seat. He started yelling "don't push the fire button!!!!" Unfortunately, I have heard that he was aboard the ill fated F-111 that was shot down over Libya under Reagan's Presidency. I really enjoyed working the D model. Its avionics were way ahead of its time!!
09/29/2011 @ 09:08 [ref: 49316]
 Scott Wilkey
 Woodbury, MN
I was a crew chief on 68-114, a blue-tail assigned to 523rd at Cannon AFB from '81 to '83. The two years prior I worked on the inspection docks with a group titled "Hi-lift". We worked wing-sweep, slats, flaps, and spoilers. Love the plane still. Was a bit sad that the final F-111's were retired by the Ausies several months back.
06/07/2011 @ 07:48 [ref: 39203]
 Scott Wilkey
 Woodbury, MN
I was a crew chief on 68-114, a blue-tail assigned to 523rd at Cannon AFB from '81 to '83. The two years prior I worked on the inspection docks with a group titled "Hi-lift". We worked wing-sweep, slats, flaps, and spoilers. Love the plane still. Was a bit sad that the final F-111's were retired by the Ausies several months back.
06/07/2011 @ 07:48 [ref: 39202]
 Bob Frett
 Tucson, AZ
I was a crew chief on 68-114, 523rd AMU from '84 to '88. NCOIC of Bomb Comp '88 and we damn near came home with the big one (Fairchild Trophy).Retired from Cannon in '91. Had good times with good friends.
04/07/2011 @ 20:56 [ref: 37174]
 Matt Klos
 Peachtree City, GA
I was stationed at Cannon AFB from July 1977 until June 1980. really had a great time. My airplane was 68-098. Does anyone know how to view previous pages of comments?
10/23/2010 @ 19:23 [ref: 31641]

 
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