- Media Format
- Immediate Download
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X & Prepar3D
- File size
- 186.3 MB
The F-111 Aardvark, retired from service, is now available as an immediate download for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D thanks to the hard work done by the team over at Just Flight.. The F-111 Aardvark was a serious piece of kit during it's service with the United States Air Force (USAF) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), performing as much more than just an interdictor, taking on the roles of recon, electronic warfare and even acting as a tactical bomber.
This add-on includes two complete and detailed models of the F-111; the F-111A was the initial production version, and the F-111C which was developed to meet Australian requirements. Both models feature fully animated flying surfaces, landing gear, doors and hatches which help bring the models up to the level of detail we've come to expect. The power of the two P&W Turbofan engines translates very well thanks to the professional stereo sound set and rounds out the feel of the aircraft nicely. But it's the highly accurate flight dynamics, closely simulating the performance envelope of the real aircraft that coheres with all the other elements so well, really bringing this aircraft to life.
Depending on what challenges you may face on each sortie, a full range of ordnance is available to you help complete your objectives, including multiple ejector racks and Sidewinders. Also, drop-tanks and Paveways let you get the most out of the thoroughly modeled bomb bay.
Other touches, like the authentically modeled escape pod, with legitimate functionality, will really boost your immersive experience as a virtual pilot. As will the working virtual cockpit, which has a deliberate worn look that helps remind you of the history of the F-111 and all the adventures it's been through.
With a total of ten high definition liveries to choose from, five for each model and including a few anniversary schemes, you will find yourself spoilt for choice. On the off chance that there isn't something to suit your tastes, a layered PSD paint kit with individual layers for weathering and detail, has been thoughtfully included. If you're not much of a painter, keep an eye out for people uploading their own custom liveries.
The Just Flight F-111 Aardvark captures perfectly the power and destructive force of this pioneering interdictor, tactical strike and strategic bomber aircraft.
This package includes the F-111A and F-111C models in five liveries each with highly detailed model-specific virtual cockpits and a range of ordnance.
The distinctive F-111 variable wing swing is modelled with accurate flap, slat and wing glove operation, and there's even a functioning escape pod, allowing you to jettison yourself from the aircraft in case on an in-flight emergency. Following the jettison process, a parachute will deploy from the escape-pod and guide you to a safe touchdown.
Other features include the iconic F-111 'Dump & Burn' feature, configurable collimated and non-collimated HUD options, authentic tracking, radar and radio equipment, and a selection panel for controlling what ordnance appears on the aircraft.
Further aircraft information
The F-111A is the original production variant built for the USAF as a medium range interdictor and tactical strike fighter/bomber, entering service in 1967. It’s swing-wing variable – sweep wings enabled the F-111 to cover a wide range of tactical missions from slow-speed, low-altitude bombing to high-speed (Mach 2.5) fighter interceptor roles at altitudes up to 66,000ft. Its primary function, however, remained as a tactical ground strike and effective ground-forces support machine.
The F-111B was to be a naval adaption of the design but was not taken up by the US Navy who instead, opted for the more experienced Grumman products. However the version had an increased wingspan which was later ordered to be fitted to the F-111A by the Australian Defense Forces. This modified variant was designated the F-111C. The Royal Australian Air Force began taking delivery of 24 F-111Cs in 1973.
This all-weather attack aircraft unusually has a twin-seat cockpit with the crew sitting side-by-side. Among the many innovative features of the airframe, a fully enclosed and sealed cockpit formed a rocket-propelled ‘escape pod’ which could be jettisoned in an emergency, supported on parachutes similar to Apollo capsules. Airbags could be deployed to soften the impact of a landing. This device left the crew free of bulky parachute gear and or ejection seats, making for a more comfortable cockpit environment.
The USAF gradually retired its F-111s throughout the 1990s and Australia’s F-111Cs were retired in December 2010 when F-18 Super-Hornets arrived to replace them.
Two F-111 models are included, featuring fully animated flying surfaces, landing gear, doors and hatches:
An authentically modeled escape pod is included, allowing you to jettison yourself from the aircraft in case on an in-flight emergency. Following the jettison process, a parachute will deploy from the escape-pod and guide you to a safe touch-down.
A full range of selectable ordnance is provided:
- Multiple ejector racks
Variable wing swing is modelled, with accurate flap, slat and wing glove operation, and the bomb bay is fully modelled. Ground equipment including chokes, cones and ground power unit.
Ten high definition liveries are included:
- 474th TFW, USAF - NA (67-0064)
- 429th TFW, Black Falcons USAF - NA (67-0065)
- 473rd TFW, USAF - NB (67-0060)
- 430th TFW, USAF - WF (67-0048)
- 430th TFW, USAF - NC (67-0034)
- A8-131 2006 'Red Flag' scheme
- A8-131 2003 '30 year anniversary' scheme
- A8-125 2007 '90 year RAAF anniversary' scheme
- A8-125 2007 '25 year F111 anniversary' scheme
- A8-136 No 1 squadron
- ‘Baked’ textures are used to give the highly detailed cockpit a period, worn look
- Fully functional with nearly all switches, knobs and levers animated and functional
- Authentic gauges and tracking, radar and radio equipment
- Collimated and non-collimated HUD
- Separate A and C variant cockpits
- Numerous custom 3D gauges
- Selection panel for controlling what ordnance appears on the aircraft
- Authentic and simplified autopilot controls
- Soft glow night lighting
- Iconic ‘dump and burn’ functionality
- Highly accurate flight dynamics closely simulate the real aircraft performance envelope
- Professional standard stereo sound set delivers the full force of the two P&W Turbofan engines
- Comprehensive manual (a full German manual is also available to download from the Support section)
A layered PSD paint kit is included, featuring individual layers for weathering and detail (Photoshop or similar software required).
Just Flight's F-111 Aardvark is a remarkable rendition of an ultra-high-performance military fighter jet within the confines of Microsoft Flight Simulator X®, which was not designed for combat simulations. All visuals inside and outside are realistic and detailed. Aircraft and instrument performance are as realistic as we can want from such an aircraft in this simulator. Extras such as ammunitions, sweep wings add to this unique simulation experience. I especially liked the ejection capsule and parachute, which I screen-shot from the airport-tower view. - Bill Stack for FlightSim