From Controversy To Cutting Edge

From Controversy To Cutting Edge by Mark Lax


Authors
Mark Lax
ISBN
9781922615176
Published
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
286
Dimensions
220 x 285mm

The F-111 is unique among the aircraft that the Royal Australian Air Force has operated throughout its history. Never before has one type had such a profound impact not only on the RAAF, but upon Australiarsquo;s strategic policy outlook. From the moment it was ordered, however, the F-111 would be shrouded in controversy. Cost blow-outs, delivery delays, technical problems and an undeserved poor reputation meant that the aircraftasquo;s place in the frontline of Australiassquo;s defence would be continually challenged. Despite the barbs, the aircraft survived to fly in Australia for nearly 40 yearscdash;a clear testimony to the skill and dedication of the men and women who flew, maintained and supplied it.

As this amazing aircraft has now departed from service, its story can finally be told with full access to the range of official records regarding its acquisition and operation. The politics spanning fifty years of air force history, the controversies, and that media drama, have all been faithfully and unflinchingly described.

Loved by the public, decried by armchair strategists, the F-111 has at last found its place in Australia squo;s rich military history.
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