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General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark and EF-111A Raven Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review September 2016 Title General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark and EF-111A Raven
Author Charles Stafrace Publisher Guideline Publications
Published 2016 ISBN n/a
Format 92 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £19.00


Pigs. Aardvarks. And Ravens.

That menagerie monopolizes No.104 in Guideline’s perennially popular “Warpaint” series: General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark and EF-111A Raven.

Ably authored by Charles Stafrace, the 92-page monograph competently covers F-111 design, development, deployment and – eventually – demise. I especially enjoyed sections on Operations Combat Lancer and Eldorado Canyon. Notes on Royal Australian Air Force Pigs proved interesting, too.

Dozens of color and B&W photos season Stafrace’s study. Richard J. Caruana’s 1:72-scale plans confirm the aircraft’s substantial size. And eight pages his superb color art – dozens of profiles and multi-views – provide plenty of model project inspiration.

Tables recap F-111 USAF bases and operational units. Three pages of close-up shots depict Aardvark and Raven details. And final lists summarize kits, decals and accessories.

What a handy handbook! Make it your introduction to one of history’s most intriguing warplanes.

Robustly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Guideline Publications for this review sample!