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General Dynamics F-111A City of Graham 639768

Originally known as the TFX (Tactical Fighter "X"), the F-111 was conceived to meet a USAF requirement for a new tactical fighter-bomber. In 1960, the Department of Defense requirement for a new air superiority fighter, launched a competition among aircraft manufacturers for the final design. In 1962, General Dynamics and Boeing were selected as finalists with the General Dynamics TFX design eventually winning out. The first flight of the F-111A took place in December 1964, and the first production models were delivered to the USAF in 1967. In all, 566 F-111’s of all series were built; 159 of them were pre-production and production F-111A’s.

The “City of Graham” was the third F-111A pre-production aircraft built. It first flew on April 30, 1965 from Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, Texas. It accumulated a total of 564.2 flight hours during 300 test flights. Its final flight was on December 4, 1968.

This aircraft was later used for ground training at Sheppard AFB, Texas. In 1995, the aircraft was originally dismantled for C-5A transport to Australia, but was trucked to Norfolk VA, and then by sea aboard HMAS Kanimbla to Sydney. It was then transferred to HMAS Tobruk and shipped to Brisbane and finally by road to RAAF Base Amberley. It is currently being used by 82 Wing Technical Training Section for F111 Aircraft Battle Damage Repair courses and F111 Confined Space Entry courses.

    Specifications:

  • Span: 32ft. swept; 63 ft. extended
  • Length: 73ft. 6in.
  • Height: 17ft.
  • Weight: 92,657 lbs. max
  • Armament: One 20mm M61 A1 gun, plus a mix of up to 48 conventional weapons
  • Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-1 of 18,500 lbs. thrust with afterburners
  • Crew: Two
  • Cost: $8.2 million
  • Cost per hour to fly: $1,857 (1968 dollars)
  • Max Speed: 1,452 mph
  • Cruising Speed: 685 mph
  • Range: 3,632 miles

    Being a Pre-Production model this aircraft was fitted with ejection seats (not an ejectable crew module) and no pivot pylons.


Pictures of TTS's very own F-111A, "City of Graham".


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Pictures of 63-9768 "City of Graham" being prepared for it journey to Australia.


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