The General Dynamics F-111 was one of aviation history? most promising planes when it came out in the early 1960s. Despite a rocky service career, political changes in how the military acquired its weaponry, and the addition of too much new technology, the plane provided a credible frontline deterrent to NATO in the Cold War era and was used to great effect in the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. Many of the challenges faced by putting the F-111?ith all of its new systems?nto service are now accepted as a normal outfit in modern fighter aircraft. The F-111 had a lot of bad publicity, but in the end the F-111 did its job extremely well. Although the Navy did not accept the F-111B model, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat became a success, resulting in large part from the F-111B experience and tests it did accomplish with the radar and missile systems.
John Gourley is a military veteran with a career as a crash/rescue fire protection specialist with the United States Air Force, and as a civilian working for the US government. His lifelong hobby has been photographing military hardware, from fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to warships, armored vehicles, and spacecraft. John contributes his photos regularly to fellow book authors and magazine and book publishers. He has documented many projects, from the building of new aircraft to the restoration of warbirds. He has written several books on naval vessels.

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