F111 of No 1 Squadron, RAAF
11 x 14in print or printed to order on canvas
(Use of RAAF Badge contingent on approval from RAAF Brand Manager)
The F-111 was conceived as a fighter-bomber durng the height of the Cold War able to counduct long-range, low-level deep strike missions to counter Soviet air defence systems. It had a variable geometry wing which meant that at low speeds the wings could be extended, and at high speeds they could be swept back moving around a pivot point near the fuselage. This allowed the aircraft to take off and land on short runways and to then fly fast at low or high altitude whilst still being able to carry a huge payload.
The Royal Australian Air Force was the only operator of the F111 outside the United States. Because of its unusual nose shape, it was nicknamed the Aardvark - but in Australia it was colloquially known as the 'Pig' as aardvark literally means 'earth pig' in Afrikaans.
This aircraft shows an F111 with an AN/AVQ-26 Pave Tack targeting system and is also carrying an AGM-84 Harpoon anti-shipping missile.