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Cockpits of famous aircraft. The F-111 Aardvark.
« on: June 04, 2009, 03:40:47 AM »
The first one I'm putting up is the F-111 Aardvark

The F-111 Aardvark fighter-bomber is the world’s first operational aircraft with variable geometry, or swing, wings. Born in controversy, the F-111 proved to be one of the best all-weather interdiction aircraft ever built. On 15 April 1986, this F-111 led the US Air Force portion of Operation El Dorado Canyon, the retaliatory raid against Libya in response to that country’s state-sponsored terrorism. The crew module escape system, in which the entire cockpit is ejected, led to the side-by-side crew arrangement. The weapons systems officer in the right seat has a control stick, but limited flight instruments.

Compared to modern fighters the old Ardvark is starting to show her age.


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Manufacturer: General Dynamics
Type: Fighter (Long-Range Interdiction)
Number Built: 562
First Flight: 21 December 1964 (F-111A)
In Service: 1967 ––1996
Notable: The US Air Force officially nicknamed the F-111 “Aardvark” on 27 July 1996, the day it was retired from service. Pilots unofficially called it that for years.
Photographer/Location: John Rossino/National Museum of the US Air Force


« Last Edit: June 04, 2009, 07:10:58 AM by AVIATOR »

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Re: Cockpits of famous aircraft.
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2009, 05:36:27 AM »
Here's a more modern version for ya (post AMP modernization).
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