General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark Paperback / softback
Illustrated by Henry Morshead, Adam Tooby
Part of the Air Vanguard series
Despite its uncertain start the F-111 proved to be one of the most successful and influential designs of the 1960s.
Its radical `swing wing' was adopted by the F-14 Tomcat, Panavia Tornado and Rockwell B-1B Lancer while its turbofan-type engines became standard in many combat aircraft.
F-111 crews pioneered tactics using terrain-following and laser targeting devices that made the F-15E Eagle's missions possible.
Its 4,000 low-altitude penetration missions during Operation Linebacker in Vietnam showed how individual aircraft can deliver crippling blows to enemy capability without loss to themselves.
The recent retirement of the F-111 from Australian service appears to have created a surge of interest in the type, which hasn't been featured in previous Osprey works.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 64 pages, 15 b/w; 42 col
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 07/10/2013
- Category: Air forces & warfare
- ISBN: 9781780966113