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FB-111A Sit-in Cockpit

DAYTON, Ohio - Museum visitors enjoying the FB-111A Sit-in Cockpit in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Museum visitors enjoying the FB-111A Sit-in Cockpit in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Museum visitors enjoying the FB-111A Sit-in Cockpit in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Museum visitors enjoying the FB-111A Sit-in Cockpit in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Museum visitors enjoying the FB-111A Sit-in Cockpit in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - The FB-111A Sit-in Cockpit in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Note: Visitors are permitted to sit in this cockpit.

This crew escape module successfully ejected from an FB-111A that crashed near Pease AFB, New Hampshire, following a mechanical failure in January 1981. The General Dynamics FB-111A Aardvark was a supersonic all-weather strategic nuclear bomber used by the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command.  Unlike most aircraft, the FB-111A was equipped with a unique crew escape module which could separate from the aircraft to protect the crew during ejections at supersonic speeds. 

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