Watch The Legendary F-111 Aardvark Ruling The Sky
We recently talked about the multirole fighter-bomber aircraft by the soviets, the Su-22. This article is about the similar multi-role aircraft by the united states. The F-111 Aardvark is one of the legendary multi-purpose aircraft manufactured by General Dynamics. Even if this jet is not in service now, there is much to talk about it as it served roles such as medium-range interdictor, aerial reconnaissance, tactical attack aircraft, strategic nuclear bomber, and electronic-warfare aircraft in its different versions.
1967 was the year that Aardvark entered service and its primary users were United States Air Force (USAF) and The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). What’s more special about this aircraft is that it was the starting point of few awesome technologies such as automated terrain-following radar for low-level, high-speed flight, afterburning turbofan engines, and variable-sweep wings.
This awesome aircraft jet served USAF for 31 years and retired in 1998. RAAF kept using the F-111s till 2010. Roles medium-range strikes of this aircraft were replaced later by the F-15 Strike Eagle and the supersonic bomber role has been replaced by the B-1B Lancer. Even if this aircraft is retired it still performs in some air shows. We found a great video of the F-111 in action at Williamtown Airshow in 2010. You will definitely enjoy this stunning performance by The Aardvark.