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F111 cockpit for sale $50k

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F-111D Cockpit Crew Module USAF serial 68-0125. 

 

 

Completely restored to perfection. This is the only restored F-111D cockpit in existence and is truly exotic. The cockpit has all real flight instruments. 100% complete. 

Cockpit is currently owned by a former F-111 pilot. 

 

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Delivered to the USAF on 18 September 1972. Whilst with the 524th TFS, 27th TFW, crashed at 14:15 hours MST, on September 11, 1987 at Cannon AFB, New Mexico 

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The jet impacted about one-and-three-quarter miles from the end of runway 22 at Cannon AFB. The crew were practicing single engine approaches and the engine that was providing thrust flamed out. A well known fact about the F-111 is that the engines don't have very good response to rapid throttle movements. The aircraft wallowed around for several seconds before the capsule separated. 

 

The ejection was initiated at about 200 feet and the parachute barely opened before impact. The airframe impacted on the right wing and cartwheeled several times before coming to a rest upside down. The vertical tail broke off in the ground. 

 

Crew ejected safely: PILOT Maj John Sides and WSO Maj. Russell Striker. Call sign Captor 11. 

 

The aircraft had accumilated 1,444 flights and 3,494.2 flight hours at the time of loss.

 

USA SALE ONLY TO A US CITIZEN ONLY

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/F-111-Aardvark-Cockpit-Crew-Module/254054932151?hash=item3b26da9eb7:g:fToAAOSwmPlcMTeS

 

 

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Why USA citizens only, is old tech now. Would be great with a fighter game installed.

 

 

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For 50k I'd sooner buy a whole aeroplane that actually flies.

 

 

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I still can't work out why they didn't scrap them & recover the alloys like titanium, magnesium, aluminium & probably some other expensive elements etc.

 

 

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I still can't work out why they didn't scrap them & recover the alloys like titanium, magnesium, aluminium & probably some other expensive elements etc.

 

Probably because the man hour and OH&s requirements would have far exceeded any gain. They had a few toxic bits including asbestos and berylium copper, chromates in surface finishes.

 

Most titanium would have been fasteners.

 

They spent significant amounts of time money and effort just removing explosive ordnance.

 

Why USA citizens only, is old tech now. Would be great with a fighter game installed.

 

ITARs regs.

 

 

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Only two weeks ago I was peeking inside a F111 module on display at the RAAFA Museum at Bull Creek in Perth. What an oportunity to have to contrast the cockpit of an advanced jet, and then take a few steps to look into a Spitfire cockpit and observe riudmentary controls by comparison. All this under the outer wing of the Lancaster!

 

Digressing a little, at midday on Saturday they start up a Cheetah engine ex an Anson, and then a Rolls Royce Merlin. They must have pretty tolerant neighbours as suburbia adjoins on the other side of the road, and the smoke on start up on the Cheetah, and then the decibels from the Merlin could easily be cause for complaint. A great museum, and far too much to see in the two hours we were able to spend there.

 

 

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What an oportunity to have to contrast the cockpit of an advanced jet, and then take a few steps to look into a Spitfire cockpit and observe riudmentary controls by comparison.

 

The F111 was designed barely thirty years after the spitfire. In the fifty years since things have changed even more. It almost looks backwards as there are less gauges and switches..... until you power it up.

 

 

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