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Check Six – 1968: FB-111A Aardvark First Flight

July 13, 2020

From the This Day in Aviation website

Four-photo sequence showing F-111A wing sweep. Air Force photo

The first production General Dynamics FB-111A supersonic strategic bomber successfully completed a 30-minute maiden flight at Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, Texas. The FB-111A differed from the F-111A fighter bomber with the substitution of a larger wing, originally designed for the F-111B, giving the bomber a 7 foot (2.134 meter) increase in wingspan. The landing gear was strengthened, the bomb bay enlarged, and it had more powerful engines.

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