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F-111 Aardvark in Action

F-111 Aardvark in Action

by David Doyle
Paperback
Publication Date: 18/11/2019
  $34.25
The F-111, which ultimately proved to be a very capable fighter-bomber for the US and Australian Air Forces, was born out of the desire of Secretary of Defense Robert StrangeMcNamara to force the USAF and the Navy to use a single aircraft for all tactical missions - strike, close air support, air superiority and fleet air defense.The initial effort, called the Tactical Fighter Experimental, or TFX, was based largely on the Air Force's requirements, with a few adaptations to approximate the Navy's desires. InOctober 1961, requests for proposals for the TFX were sent to Boeing, General Dynamics (successor to Convair), Lockheed, McDonnell, North American and Republic Aviation.The initial selection process narrowed the contenders down to Boeing and General Dynamics. Though the Air Force favored the Boeing submission, the Navy deemed both initialofferings inadequate. Through two more rounds of updated and improved offerings, the Boeing design was favored by the selection board. McNamara, however, favored the GeneralDynamics design, which had an 80% commonality of parts between USN and USAF variants, compared to Boeing's 50% commonality between models - and thus he choseGeneral Dynamics. A Congressional investigation followed, but the decision stayed firm.
ISBN:
9780897478618
9780897478618
Category:
Warfare & defence
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
18-11-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Squadron Signal Publications
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
215.9x279.4x6.35mm
Weight:
0.27kg
David Doyle

An avid military vehicle enthusiast whose collection includes 10 Vietnam-era vehicles, it not surprising that most of his 100+ published books focus on US military vehicles.

In June 2015, he was presented the coveted Bart Vanderveen Award by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, given in recognition of "...the individual who has contributed the most to the historic preservation of military vehicles worldwide."

Some of David Doyle's published works are - Panzerkampfwagen IV: The Backbone of Germany's WWII Tank Forces; U.S. Half-Track Vehicles In Action; M151 Mutt In Action; The Complete DUKW Historical Reference; P-47 Thunderbolt In Action; B-17F Flying Fortress A Visual History of the B-17F Flying Fortress in WWII; USS Iowa (BB-61): The Story of "The Big Stick" from 1940 to the Present.

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