General Dynamics F-111K

Last revised December 22, 1999




On February 1, 1967, the Royal Air Force ordered 46 F-111K strike fighters and four TF-111K proficiency trainers. These were intended to fill the gap left by the cancellation of the BAC TSR-2. The F-111Ks were assigned RAF serials XV902/947, but they were also assigned the USAF serial numbers 68-0152/0158, 68-0181/0210, and 68-0229/0238. The TF-111Ks were assigned RAF serials XV884/887, with equivalent USAF serials being 67-0149/0152.

However, the Royal Air Force order was cancelled at the beginning of 1968, the reason being given that they were much too expensive.

When the RAF order was cancelled, two TF-111Ks were almost ready. They were taken over by the USAF, which designated them YF-111A and intended to use them for tests. Their serial numbers were 67-0149/0150. However, these planes were never actually completed.

Sources:


  1. United States Military Aircraft Since 1909, Gordon Swanborough and Peter M. Bowers, Smithsonian, 1989.

  2. General Dynamics Aircraft and their Predecessors, John Wegg, Naval Institute Press, 1990.

  3. Post-World War II Fighters: 1945-1973, Marcelle Size Knaac, Office of Air Force History, 1986.

  4. The American Fighter, Enzo Angelucci and Peter Bowers, Orion, 1987.
Modern Air Combat, Bill Gunston and Mike Spick, Crescent Books, 1983.