|Crew:||2: pilot and electronic warfare officer|
|Length:||76.0 ft (23.17 m)|
|Wingspan:||63.0 ft spread, 32.0 ft swept (19.2 m / 9.74 m)|
|Height:||20.0 ft (6.1 m)|
|Wing area:||657.4 ft² spread, 525 ft² swept (61.07 m² / 48.77 m²)|
|Airfoil:||NACA 64-210.68 root, NACA 64-209.80 tip|
|Empty weight:||55,275 lb (25,072 kg)|
|Loaded weight:||70,000 lb (31,751 kg)|
|Max. takeoff weight:||89,000 lb (40,370 kg)|
|Powerplant:||2 × Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-3 initially, later upgraded to TF30-P-9 turbofans with afterburner, 19,600 lbf (TF30-P-9) (92.7 kN (TF30-P-9)) each|
|Zero-lift drag co:||0.0186 (F-111D)|
|Drag area:||9.36 ft² (0.87 m²) (F-111D)|
|Aspect ratio:||7.56 unswept; 1.95 fully swept (F-111D)|
|Maximum speed:||Mach 2.2 (1,460 mph, 2,350 km/h) ; above 30,000 ft|
|Range:||2,000 miles[N 2] (1,740 nmi, 3,220 km)|
|Ferry range:||3,800 mi (3,300 nmi, 6,110 km)|
|Service ceiling:||45,000 ft (13,715 m)|
|Rate of climb:||11,000 ft/min (3,353 m/min)|
|Thrust/weight:||0.598Lift-to-drag ratio: 15.8 (F-111)|
The EF-111A achieved initial operational capability in 1983. The EF-111A received the official popular name Raven, although in service it acquired the nickname “Spark ‘Vark”. EF-111s first saw combat use with the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing at RAF Upper Heyford during Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya in 1986, and Operation Just Cause in Panama during late 1989.
The Raven served in the Gulf War during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. On 17 January 1991, a USAF EF-111 crew of Captain James Denton and Captain Brent Brandon (“Brandini”) achieved an unofficial kill against an Iraqi Dassault Mirage F1, which they managed to maneuver into the ground, making it the only member of the F-111/FB-111/EF-111 family to achieve an aerial victory over another aircraft.
No Coalition aircraft were lost to a radar-guided missile during Desert Storm while an EF-111 Raven was on station.
On 13 February 1991, EF-111A s/n 66-0023 crashed into terrain while maneuvering to evade a perceived enemy aircraft threat killing the pilot, Capt Douglas L. Bradt, and the EWO, Capt Paul R. Eichenlaub. It was the only EF-111A lost during combat, the only loss killing its crew, and one of just three EF-111s lost in its history.
I was trained as an ECM specialist in the USAF and primarily worked on the RF-4C Phantom. I was stationed at Mountian Home AFB during the late 70’s and early 80’s during the development of the EF-111 jamming planes. They were still called the EB-111 at that time. I got to see an F-111 make a crash landing at night from the perimeter fence. I have the control stick from the YF-100 that held the world speed record at one time. This is a great job you are doing, preserving these aircraft and vehicles for their historical significance. Hope I will get the opportunity to visit the museum.