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“UP-CLOSE AIRCRAFT DAY” FOCUS ON AARDVARK NUCLEAR BOMBER
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Time(s): 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Address: 22550 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518
Phone: (951) 902-5949
Cost: $10 for guests ages 12 years and older; $5 for children ages 5 to 11 years; and free for ages 4 and younger
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March Field Air Museum is proud to announce the seventh installment of
“Up-Close Aircraft Days." As part of this new interpretive program, a different aircraft is featured each month with the next focused on the Fighter-Bomber FB-111A Aardvark. On the second Saturday of each month throughout the year, Museum guests will have the opportunity for a close-up look – sometimes climbing stairs to get a close-up view into the cargo bay or cockpit, other times even climbing aboard.
For the upcoming “Up-Close Aircraft Day” focused on the FB-111A, guests will see how this long-nosed bomber pioneered several technologies for production aircraft, including variable-sweep wings, after-burning turbofan engines, and automated terrain-following radar for low-level, high-speed flight. On this day, visitors to March Field Air Museum will get an up-close view of the Museum’s Aardvark, peering into the bomb bays and also looking into the cockpit at close range.
Designed as a modification of the legendary General Dynamics “swing-wing” F-111 fighter-bomber, the FB-111A served in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command from 1968 until 1991. The FB 111A supported the third leg of the U.S. Triad Nuclear Deterrent strike-force, consisting of manned bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Its variable wing design, extending out for slow-speeds and sweeping back for high-speeds, allowed the aircraft to operate a peak performance in sub-sonic and supersonic flight.
The FB-111A was equipped with advanced electronics including an improved attack radar, internal navigation system, digital computers and multi-function displays to support its role as a nuclear-armed strategic bomber. U.S. Air Force F-111 variants were retired in the 1990s, replaced by the F-15E Strike Eagle for medium-range precision strike missions, while the supersonic bomber role has been assumed by the “Flying Wing” B-1B Lancer. The Royal Australian Air Force was the last operator of the F-111, with its aircraft serving until December 2010.
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