The retirement of
The F-111B was big like the F-111C, though it
had a stubbier nose to make carrier landings easier. Conceived as pure fighter (the
naval version of the Tactical Fighter Experimental) in the early sixties, it
would not need a gun. The F-111B's AWG-9 pulse doppler radar and
The air war over
Extensive trials showed the F-111B's manoeuvrability to be inferior to that of the F-4 Phantom, the plane it was designed to replace on carrier decks. It proved to be yet another peacetime weapons system condemned by the unforgiving realities of war.
The F-14 Tomcat was eventually adopted as the premiere carrier fighter, reigning on carrier decks for three decades, before finally being retired in 2006.