|Roy Alba of AlbaPaintings.com
|18" X 24" X 5/8", stretched canvas, oil, free shipping in USA & Canada
The painting is entitled Aardvark and is accompanied to the song "Aardvark" by Peter
Vulture. This is the F-111 Aardvark and was an all-weather strike aircraft capable of navigating at low level to destroy
targets deep in enemy territory. The versatile F-111 Aardvark entered the U.S. Air Force inventory in 1967,and the fighter
version was retired in 1996 (the electronic warfare EF-111A served until 1998). The aircraft was originally conceived in
1960 to combine the USAF requirement for a fighter-bomber with Navy's need for an air-superiority fighter, though the Navy
eventually cancelled its program.
Primarily a bomber, the F-111 featured a sweep wing varying between 16 degrees
and 72.5 degrees, with side-by-side seating for a pilot and weapons systems officer. The F-111's wings are straight for take-offs,
landings or slow speed flight; by sweeping its wings rearward, it could exceed twice the speed of sound (Mach 2). The F-111F
was equipped with an all-weather AN/AVQ-26 Pave Tack infra-red targeting designator/reader carried in a pod-mounted turret
under the fuselage. It could track and designate ground targets for targets for laser, infra-red and electro-optical bombs.
The F-111F was one of the most effective Allied aircraft in Operation Desert Storm (1991), flying more than 2,400 sorties
against Iraqi strategic sites, vehicle formations and hardened bunkers.
all, 566 F-111s of all series were built; 106 of them were production F-111Fs. The F-111F on display arrived at the museum
in May 1996.
Armament: One 20mm M61A1 Vulcan
cannon (later replaced by AN/AVQ-26 Pave Tack infra-red targeting pod), plus a mix of up to 24 conventional or nuclear weapons
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-111s of 25,100 lbs. thrust each with afterburner
Maximum speed: 1,452 mph
Range: 2,971 miles
Span: 32 ft. swept, 63 ft. extended
Length: 73 ft. 6 in.
Height: 17 ft.
100,000+ lbs. maximum
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