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General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark test airframe

Unidentified structural test airframe from the General Dynamics F-111 program. The early days of the F-111 program were plagued with cracking of steel structural components which led to a massive program of structural proof testing on all airframes. Built at Air Force Plant 4 adjacent to the museum this airframe may be one of the iron birds constructed during this time. The benefit of this program was that the USAF adopted a damage tolerant design criteria for all future aircraft programs. . Southwestern Aerospace Museum (now closed), Fort Worth - Carswell AFB 1st October 1988

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Taken on October 1, 1988