FB-111A "Aardvark" - Plattsburgh, New York
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Vermontish
N 44° 40.873 W 073° 26.832
18T E 623061 N 4948711
Quick Description: Park on the former Plattsburgh AFB
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 10/13/2011 7:24:10 AM
Waymark Code: WMCV40
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 31

Long Description:
FB-111As operated out of Plattsburgh as part of the 380th Bombardment Wing from 1971 to 1991.

This is one of two aircraft on display in Clyde Lewis Park, land which was part of the base, adjacent to the Plattsburgh AFB Museum. Lewis was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross (among other honors) in WWII and became Commander-In-Chief of the VFW in 1949. He was instrumental in locating the Air Force Base in Plattsburgh in 1952.

Plaque Text:

FB-111A Strategic Bomber
(1971-1991)

The role of the FB-111A, Strategic Air Command's premier penetrating bomber, spanned the last 20 years of the Cold War. This aircraft and the people in the 380th Bombardment Wing who flew, maintained and supported it, contributed to America's most important military mission, nuclear deterrence as part of the strategic triad. They performed this with sacrifice, dedication and excellence.

The FB-111A's unique qualities of supersonic speed, accuracy and true all-weather characteristics produced supreme combat capability and a record-setting five Fairchild Trophies for Plattsburgh, symbolizing victory in SAC's Bombing and Navigation Competition.

This aircraft, number 68-286, model number 58, was dedicated on the Third of December, 1991 to the citizens of the North Country and to the men and women who served with the FB-111A.

Donated by Friends of Plattsburgh AFB Museum
Property of USAF Museum

See this for some pictures of this aircraft being installed on a pedestal in an earlier location across the road.

Type of Aircraft: (make/model): General Dynamics FB-111A Aardvark

Tail Number: (S/N): 68286

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Park

inside / outside: outside

Other Information::
Parking access by museum building.


Access restrictions:
None that I noticed.


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