After walking around the F-111C in my last post (and sorry for the delay until this one, by the way), I thought it would be fitting to round out the F-111 story with some images from the other end of its life cycle.
So, Pig fans – or, more accurately, Aardvark Admirers – enjoy. Each image opens to about 2000px on its long side, and such detail as I could find is included in the captions.
A General Dynamics concept illustration, showing the variable wing geometry for their TFX (Tactical Fighter Experimental) proposal that would become the F-111 (Photo SDASM Cat # 10_0012084)
An F-111 scale model is readied for testing in the General Dynamics low speed wind tunnel. (Photo SDASM Cat # 10_0012033)
Ready to test the low speed aerodynamics of a ‘dirty’ F-111 in the General Dynamics wind tunnel. (Photo: SDASM Cat # 10_0007038)
The first pre-production F-111A (s/n 63-9766) during the aircraft rollout ceremony at General Dynamics, Fort Worth, on October 15th, 1964. (SDASM Photo, Cat # 10_0012062)
A pre-production (note the test boom) F-111A on the ramp at what looks like Edwards AFB. (USAF Photo # 061003-F-1234S-001)
F-111A (likely 63-9768 or 63-9771), in flight with her wings forward. (USAF photo # 080219-F-1234S-006)
A quartet of shots showing the F-111A wing sweep sequence, from 16º to 72.5º. (USAF Photo via Wikipedia)
One of the pre-production F-111As on approach to Carswell AFB, TX in late 1964 or early 1965. This aircraft has the early intake design that caused no end of flow trouble and two extensive redesigns called Triple Plow I and II. (USAF Photo # 061003-F-1234S-013)
An imposing view of the National Museum of the USAF’s F-111A 67-067, on the ramp at Wright-Patt. (USAF Photo # 080219-F-1234S-007)
A really great trio of shots from the F-111A’s flight and weapons testing program. (SDASM Photos)
F-111A s/n 63-9771, the sixth prototype built, during flight testing at the NASA Flight Research Center in July 1968. This aircraft didn’t have the supercritical airfoil of later models, or redesigned ‘Triple Plow engine intakes. (NASA Photo ECN-2092)
A portrait of F-111A s/n 63-9768 in high speed, fully swept flight. (USAF Photo # 080219-F-1234S-002)
The General Dynamics Transonic Aircraft Technology (TACT)/F-111A s/n 63-9778, a Transonic Aircraft Technology (TACT) F-111A, shows a full load of practice bombs during flight testing of its supercritical airfoil over the Mojave Desert, January 1976. (NASA Photo ECN 5033)