FROM CONTROVERSY TO
A History of the F-111 in Australian Service
by Mark Lax
|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
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.
As this amazing aircraft has now departed from service, its story can finally be 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.
Hard cover, 286 pages
220mm x 285mm
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This page first produced 29 November 2021
This page last updated 29 November 2021