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    Quote Originally Posted by m715mike View Post
    The Washington County Veterans Association cosmetically restored this F-111 Aardvark with donations from many local business and individuals in Brenham, Texas. Restoration work was completed at the Brenham airport. SS member Texasvet100 (Joe) towed the Aardvark from the airport to its new home across from the Americal Legion Hall where it will be on public display.

    The pictures are from SS member texas30cal (Jason).


    Joe / Jason - Awesome job guys!



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    I just HAVE to ask what type of obstacles had to be overcome to tow that rascal with the wings on?? I've done LOTS of oversize/overweight towing.....but....gosh!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by papabear View Post
    I just HAVE to ask what type of obstacles had to be overcome to tow that rascal with the wings on?? I've done LOTS of oversize/overweight towing.....but....gosh!!!
    Wings in supersonic config, folded all the way back. 33 foot span, give or take a few inches. Dang near doubles in landing, still svelte enough for carrier landings (bravo model)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PointnShoot4WD View Post
    And we loved 'em until death did us part.... or inability to extend the airframe hours any longer anyways... pretty ignominious end for most of them, but a good number made it to museums over here.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80OadL7f8Lo And for those F-111 aircraft that didn't make it to a museum.
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    And for those F-111 aircraft that didn't make it to a museum..
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    1972 M35A2C W/W, 1986 M105A2, 1953 M38A1, S250 Shelter. "He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed" T.E. Lawrence

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    That hurt to watch.

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    F-111B-152714-Hulk-Mojave-Airport.jpgF-111B-prototype-151974.jpg Some pictures of the short nosed Navy version.
    1972 M35A2C W/W, 1986 M105A2, 1953 M38A1, S250 Shelter. "He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed" T.E. Lawrence

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    EF 111A Raven.jpg This EF 111A Electronics Warfare Aircraft is at Silver Springs Airport in Nevada awaiting static restoration.
    1972 M35A2C W/W, 1986 M105A2, 1953 M38A1, S250 Shelter. "He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed" T.E. Lawrence

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    Back in my other life I worked on the radar project for the F-111.
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    [QUOTE=papabear;2190806]I just HAVE to ask what type of obstacles had to be overcome to tow that rascal with the wings on?? I've done LOTS of oversize/overweight towing.....but....gosh!!![/QUOTE

    i didn’t do the towing, I only helped with wheel bearings and locating tires/wheel o-rings. Joe did the towing with the help of lots of other folks, it took most of the day to go the few miles. Joe also built the tow bar, display stands to hold the aircrafts weight once in place, and the painting. There were 4 narrow bridges to cross, 2 decent hills, and lots of trees and fence posts that had to be cut, a fence had to be taken down and a ditch filled in just to get it out of the airport. At one point they had to soap the road and slide it over with a big rotator truck bc they were going to clip a hillside with a wing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M35A2-AZ View Post
    Back in my other life I worked on the radar project for the F-111.
    In the Air Force, or contractor?

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