History of the F111 Bomber Aircraft In RAAF Service

History of the F111 Bomber Aircraft In RAAF Service


From Controversy to Cutting Edge: A History of the F-111 in Australian Service by Mark Lax : new book

Last items in stock

Of the 562 F111 built between 1964 and 1971, Australia aquired 43, plus 2 non flying examples.
By coincidence only, but interesting point Australia purchased the last production of several variants, last made of the F-111A, F-111C and the last FB-111A/F-111G. The RAAF was the last operator of the F-111, with its aircraft serving until December 2010.

The F-111 is unique among the aircraft that the Royal Australian Air Force has operated throughout its history. Never before has one type had such a profound impact not only on the RAAF, but upon Australia’s strategic policy outlook.

From the moment it was ordered, however, the F-111 would be shrouded in controversy. Cost blow-outs, delivery delays, technical problems and an undeserved poor reputation meant that the aircraft’s place in the frontline of Australia’s defence would be continually challenged.
Despite the barbs, the aircraft survived to fly in Australia for nearly 40 years—a clear testimony to the skill and dedication of the men and women who flew, maintained and supplied it.

Now, that this amazing aircraft has departed from service, its story has finally been told with full access to the range of official records regarding its acquisition and operation. The politics spanning fifty years of air force history, the controversies, and that media drama, have all been faithfully and unflinchingly described.

Loved by the public, decried by armchair strategists, the F-111 has at last found its place in Australia’s rich military history.

Data sheet

Book Condition:
Total Pages:
Publication Date:
December 2021
A Large History
Dimensions in mm :
220mm x 285mm
Weight in grams:
Cover Type:
Heavy Pictorial Hard Boards

Cross Sell Products

16 other products in the same category: