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Prototype F-111 unveiled

 

More than 53 years after it first flew, the second pre-production prototype General Dynamics F-111A, 63-9767, recently went on display at the Lake County Veterans Memorial at Waukegan National Airport, Illinois, following a three-year restoration by volunteers from Chapter 414 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. The machine was previously displayed at the now defunct Chanute Air Museum at Rantoul, Illinois.

This F-111 first flew in February 1965 as one of a batch of 10 pre-production prototypes. It served as an engine/intake testbed until being retired to the Chanute Air Museum during 1969. As a veterans’ memorial exhibit, it has been finished in a generic USAF scheme.

(Photo credit: Dave Johnstone)

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