F-111F Aardvark 70-2375

Lauder near Galashiels, Borders

 
     
 
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Pre-accident photo of F-111F 70-2375the aircraft featured on this page.

 


 

BELOW: A USAF F-111F with wings swept. The F-111F variant is the type featured on this page.

 

A USAF F-111 with wings swept

 

Photo: Courtesy of the National Museum of the USAF

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

USAF General Dynamics F-111F  /  70-2375

 


 

Aircraft Type Nickname: "Aardvark". (Accepted as official name on retirement)

 

 

Built by General Dynamics [Wiki] and carrying a crew of two, the F-111 was capable of flying at twice the speed of sound (Mach 2). This swing-wing aircraft entered service with the USAF in 1967. The F-111 could swing its wings rearward while in flight, and forward for take-off, landings, and slow-speed flight.

Two main versions (with later variants) were produced: The F-111A for the USAF and the F-111B for the US Navy. The Navy variant was later cancelled. F-111K variants intended for the RAF were also cancelled. The F-111E variant featured here was an improved version of the F-111A.

The F-111A was equipped with two Pratt and Whitney TF30-P-3 engines with afterburners. The aircraft had a maximum speed of 1,452mph and a range of 3,632 miles. Its service ceiling was 57,000ft.

The armaments carried were one 20mm M61A1 gun, plus a mix of up to 24 conventional or nuclear weapons.

[Above data courtesy of National Museum of USAF]


 

BELOW: An F-111 with variable-swing wings configured for take-off, landing and low-speed flight.

 

An F-111 about to land

 

Photo: Courtesy of the National Museum of the USAF

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

This F-111 bomber was engaged in a low-level training exercise. The exercise involved a simulated toss-bomb attack on a laser designated target. (See also here.)

 

However, it seems that the pilot may have pulled up from the attack and entered cloud. This disorientated him momentarily, causing him to lose his bearings and to permit the aircraft to enter a nose-down attitude.

 

Before he could recover, the F-111 had crashed into a field just outside the village off Lauder, killing both airmen and leaving a deep scar in the field. The aircraft had narrowly avoided hitting a row of cottages a quarter of a mile away.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

The airmen who died were:

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

At the moment, there are no photos for this aircraft crash site.

 

Crash site (location) photos requested.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Accident Date: 28 Jul 1987

 

Accident Site:

Lauder (outskirts of)

 

Region: Scottish Borders

 

Nearest towns or villages: Lauder [map]

 

Nearest large town: Galashiels (S) [map]

 

GPS Refs: N/A

 

Present Condition: No known remains at the site.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

Registration or Serial: 70-2375

 

Operator: USAF (United States Air Force)

 

Operating Base: Unknown

 

 

 

Related Links

 

 

F-111 Aardvark Links

F-111 Aardvark at F-111.net

F-111 Aardvark at Global Security.org

F-111 Aardvark at Wikipedia

 

F-111 Video Links

F-111 Jets on Display at YouTube (video: 0:43 seconds)

F-111 Wings at YouTube (F-111 in action / video with commentary: 10:02 minutes)

 

Museum Links

Local Region Museum

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum (F-111E escape capsule from similar aircraft on display.)

Other Museum

General Dynamics F-111A Aardvark at National Museum of the USAF

 

 

 

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