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Posted 9/27/2007 Printable Fact Sheet
General Dynamics F-111E "Aardvark" S/N 68-0020
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General Dynamics F-111E "Aardvark"
S/N 68-0020

Crew:   Two
Engines:   Two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P3 turbofans; 18,500 lbs thrust each in afterburner
Wingspan:   63 ft 0 (extended); 31 ft 11 1/2 (swept)
Length:   73 ft 5 1/2 in
Height:   17 ft 6 in
Weight:   empty: 46,172 lbs; max: 98,850 lbs
Speed:   maximum: 1,453 mph (Mach 2.5); cruise: 470 mph
Range:   maximum: 3,165 miles (with external fuel tanks)
Service Ceiling:   61,000 ft
Armament:   One 20mm M61A1 Vulcan rotary cannon with 2,000 rounds of ammunition;  up to 30,000 lbs of conventional or nuclear ordnance (internal and external)

This F-111E, S/N 68-0020, was manufactured by the Fort Worth Division of General Dynamics Corporation and delivered to the United States Air Force on December 17, 1969. The aircraft was immediately transferred to the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing stationed at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. In October 1970, the aircraft was sent to Nellis AFB, Nevada, to fly with the 474th TFW where it remained until March of the following year when it was returned to the 27th TFW at Cannon AFB.

In mid 1971, this aircraft was sent to the 20th TFW flying out of RAF Upper Heyford, United Kingdom. There it was the second of two E models named "The Chief" when assigned to subsequent wing commanders. The plane was one of the last three F-111s to leave RAF Upper Heyford when the USAF left that base. The plane was eventually removed from the USAF inventory and retired to the USAF Museum System. Hill Aerospace Museum acquired it in January 1994.

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