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3D printed in white nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.
Starting in 1971 the NASA Flight Research Center and the US Air Force undertook a major research and flight testing program, which would span almost 20 years before completion. The Transonic Aircraft Technology (TACT) program modified the General Dynamics-Convair F-111A (#63-9778) to explore the application of supercritical wing technology to maneuverable military aircraft. The wing was built at General Dynamics, in Fort Worth, Texas, and when it was completed it was shipped to Edwards Air Force Base, in California. My dad was the Air Force representative on this project, so we moved with it. After the wing was installed, I got to sit in the control room for the inaugural test flight, an experience I shall never forget. The supercritical wing improved the performance of the TACT/F-111A. It delayed the drag rise at transonic speeds and produced substantially more lift than the conventional wing.
This 1/144 Scale model of the F-111TACT features wings in the forward position. Parts are provided to display the model with gear down, or stowed, and the bomb bay doors may be modeled open or closed. Control surfaces, including the rudder, elevators, flaps, and slats are supplied as separate parts and may be modeled in various positions. Two versions of the glove vane are provided for modeling the slats up or down. Also featured is a split canopy with a hollowed out cockpit and clear plastic for the canopy glass. A decal sheet is available upon request.