Losses and Aviation Safety

Currently available on Ebay: the only restored F-111D Cockpit Crew Module (Auction is for U.S. Buyers only)

The cockpit crew module belonged to F-111D serial 68-0125 and has all real flight instruments, 100% complete

Grab your chance to buy on Ebay a completely restored F-111 cockpit crew module.

According to the seller (who is a former F-111 pilot) in fact the pictures in this post show the only restored F-111D cockpit in existence and is truly exotic. The cockpit has all real flight instruments, 100% complete.

The cockpit crew module belonged to F-111D serial 68-0125.

Delivered to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) on Sep. 18, 1972 the aircraft crashed at 14:15 hours MST, on Sep. 11, 1987 at Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico, whilst with the 524th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS), 27th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW).

The jet impacted about one-and-three-quarter miles from the end of runway 22 at Cannon AFB. The crew were practicing single engine approaches and the engine that was providing thrust flamed out. A well known fact about the F-111 is that the engines don’t have very good response to rapid throttle movements. The aircraft wallowed around for several seconds before the capsule separated.

The ejection was initiated at about 200 feet and the parachute barely opened before impact. The airframe impacted on the right wing and cartwheeled several times before coming to a rest upside down. The vertical tail broke off in the ground.

Crew ejected safely: PILOT Maj John Sides and WSO Maj. Russell Stricker. Call sign Captor 11.

The aircraft had accumulated 1,444 flights and 3,494.2 flight hours at the time of loss.

Bidding is limited to U.S. Citizens living in the U.S.

This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. F-111F Aardvark 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, 495th Tactical Fighter Squadron, LN/70-2391, RAF Lakenheath, UK, 1991.

The development of the high-speed F-111 aircraft caused the need for an improved egress system. The ejectable crew module was designed to meet this need. According to The Ejection Site, the system provides maximum protection for the crewmembers throughout the aircraft performance envelope and includes capabilities for safe ejections at maximum speed and altitude as well as at zero altitude and 50 knots indicated airspeed (KIAS). The module is self-righting, watertight, has flotation provisions, and provides protection for the crewmembers from environmental hazards met on land or water. A side-by-side crew arrangement facilitates safe and effective performance and allows crewmembers to work together and aid one another in performing mission tasks while still maintaining their forward visibility which is an important factor in high-speed, low-level flights.

This model is available from AirModels – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS.

Photo credit: Centuryofflight via Ebay

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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