The F-111 Aardvaark, also known as the "The Pig," served for thirty years in USAF service, and with the Royal Australian Air Force for over a decade more, with the type finally being retired in 2010. One of the things missed the most about the swing-winged Pig is its incredible ability to set the sky ablaze.
The "Dump & Burn" as it is known (other names include the "Zippo" and the "Torch") is a relatively simple operation. The F-111's fuel dump is located right between its turbofan engines, and if the jet's afterburners are engaged while the fuel is being dumped it will ignite starting at about five feet behind the aircraft. The resulting fiery spectacle was widely denounced by the USAF but became something of a source of national pride for the Australians, and the F-111's flame throwing ability was displayed at national events as well as air shows around the country and the region.
So without further adieu, these are the ten greatest "dump and burns" ever caught on camera!:
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