View Full Version : F-111 Crash Landing Video

07-19-2006, 01:52 PM
This is a video of an Australian Air Force F-111 doing a wheels up crash landing. Smooth flying by the pilot.

Nice Landing! (http://media.theaustralian.news.com.au/f111_player.htm)

07-19-2006, 01:52 PM
This is a video of an Australian Air Force F-111 doing a wheels up crash landing. Smooth flying by the pilot.

Nice Landing! (http://media.theaustralian.news.com.au/f111_player.htm)

07-19-2006, 02:08 PM
That is an awesome landing...the pilot should be applauded for that.

Is this an old film or are The Aussies still using FB-111's?

07-19-2006, 10:25 PM
nah mate, that happened a few days ago up the top end (northern australia). You're not wrong about applauding the pilot either, especially considering he's only a rookie!

We're gonna be using the F111s for between the next 5 to 15 years, basically until the bloody JSF comes out. Shame really, there aint anything that can carry the same payload the same distance at the same speed and at such a low altitude!

07-20-2006, 12:14 AM
Beauty of a landing, i do declare though, i love the F-111!

07-20-2006, 02:12 AM
Very smooth emergency landing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Hach those budget cuts... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif ...first the weapons .....now they dont even get landing gears anymore http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Even the u.s airforce is suffering from budget cuts in their weapons supply... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif


07-20-2006, 05:03 AM
I'm told he lost one of his tyres on takeoff, which was seen by the tower so he went to dump fuel then did that amazing landing.

And he only passed his conversion course something like a week before http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

07-20-2006, 11:58 AM
I wonder how he decided to make a wheels up landing instead of ejecting? Would that be something the pilot himself would decide or would he have been ordered to bring it in? I'm a land lubber so have no idea how this sort of thing is handled by air forces.

07-20-2006, 08:10 PM
It was probably because nobody makes them anymore, we'd prefer to have to repair damage rather than try and replace an entire aircraft!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

07-21-2006, 04:08 AM
Ahh... the ole' Aardvark. That program was a complete and utter waste of hard working taxpayer's money. They wanted an interceptor type aircraft back in the 1960's. But what they really got was the atypical outer space theme that plagued most aircraft designs during that era.

Thank God that the US Navy declined to accept the F-111 and stood fast for a different project... the F-14!

07-21-2006, 04:24 AM
Plan A was to burn up fuel, belly land, aircraft recoverable. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Plan B , if (A) is unsuccessful, eject out at sea.

Very good work!

He said he was more nervous with the post incident media interviews than with the landing!

Fair enough; 1st Law of Journalism: never let the facts get in the way of a good story

07-21-2006, 10:21 AM
Real men don't use landing gear.

The aussies keep getting the shaft on sircraft deals when they buy american. We sold them f-111s because we had no use for the thing, it is way to big, and has many flaws. we also gave them the shaft a long time ago when we gave them some old F-4s. The Aussies need to build their own aircraft, I want to see what they would come up with. It would definatly be better then the second hand aircraft we give them.

07-21-2006, 12:03 PM
Its worth seeing what they have done with the old birds. They have all new avionics, ecm, etc in swap out boxes like newer aircraft.
They figured somewhile back that they wont be in a star wars conflict requiring stealth and fantastic dogfighting. They are just weapon delivery platforms, keep the electronics up to date and the airframe is irrelevant. Thus the big old airframe is perfect, loads of potential for external stores/fuel, lets you patrol the large waters around Australia.

The only downside is airframe hours, they spend lots on the airframe and have run them way past the original lifespans. I know they have at least 1 from the boneyard and have been asking for more to replenish from the USAF but politics are at play.

I have watched the tornado 2000 project and wondered what we could save by having an electronically up to date Tornado versus all the spending on the EFA.. Are we just spending to have a new toy or will it give us a real advantage.

Back to topic, thats why the pilot tried everything to bring her in for salvage. Good job too, I have recent photo of a B1, same deal, pilot put her on the centreline. Also photos of EFA (Euro fighter without nose wheel landing.) but cant/to lazy to host piccies.