F-111B Carrier Suitability Tests

We shared video a few days ago of the first F-35C carrier test landings and launches.

Before the Navy ever sends a new plane out to the ship, they test at a land based facility, normally Lakehurst, New Jersey, where catapults and arresting gear identical to those on the carrier are installed on a runway.

The failed F-111B variant underwent carrier suitability testing in the late 1960s, even after production was cancelled in favor of what would become the F-14.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qIc9_NW4kU&w=480&h=360]

6 thoughts on “F-111B Carrier Suitability Tests”

  1. I’ll agree that the carrier fighter version of the ‘Vark was a dog, but it was still miles better than the Avrocar and not worthy of the shame attached to the Avrocar.

    Wrong vid mayhaps?

  2. You realize what a monster that pig was when you see the girders they used for the launch bar and holdback fitting.

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