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From Controversy to Cutting Edge

A history of the F-111 in Australian Service

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Authors: Mark Lax
RAAF, History
220mm 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 Australia’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 aircraft’s place in the frontline of Australia’s defence would be continually challenged.

Despite the barbs, the aircraft survived to fly in Australia for nearly 40 years—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’s rich military history.

Mark Lax

Mark Lax

Mark Lax is a former RAAF senior officer, scholar, educator and air force historian. His 45 years of permanent and reserve service together with a PhD in military history has given him a unique insight into the RAAF during a time of immense change.

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2 reviews for From Controversy to Cutting Edge

  1. A fine book, especially for military aviation enthusiasts.

  2. From Controversy to Cutting Edge is a readable, informative and interesting production, complemented by many photographs of the aircraft and those who flew them.
    The inclusion of colour plates of paint/camouflage and a variety of tail designs are excellent for modellers and the location of remnant aircraft a boon for those who desire to see one.

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