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F-111A 65-5702

Last updated 10 September 1999

Information and images supplied by Robert Styger, with the essential assistance of Paul Boris and Harry Webster.

F-111A 65-5702 was the second 'pilot production' run F-111A , and the 20th F-111 constructed overall. It had a relatively short career of 115 test flights totalling 237.5 flight hours.The airframe was crated at Davis-Monthan minus the tail, wings and stabulators in or around 6 October 1970. The hulk was shipped from a port in California, through the Panama Canal and into port at Hoboken, New Jersey. From there it was trucked to the FAA Technical Center, Atlantic City Airport. It arrived at the FAA Center sometime in late 1970.

Testing named:
"Testing of Engine Compartment Fire Suppression Extinguishing System for the F/EF-111A Aircraft November 1987"
was requested by the USAF through General Dynamics. The USAF supplied a TF-30 engine, and a "secondary air duct" was installed into the right engine intake. It appears in the images below as the large red coloured duct.



The Test rig can be seen. The main undercarriage is probably not installed, (the speedbrake door is closed, so this can not be verified).

Understandably, the aircraft hulk is in very poor condition. The original markings can just be made out beneath the pealing grey overcoat. There are no known plans for the future of this airframe. LOGO


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