Tag: F-111 Aardvark

Remembering Operation Ghost Rider, the long-range strike conducted by USAFE F-111Es to simulate Operation El Dorado Canyon
The F-111F 70-2389 (callsign 'Karma 52'), the sixth aircraft on Bab al-Aziza target, vanished in unexplained circumstances. On Apr. 14, 1986, at 5:13 p.m., U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-111F Aardvarks from the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) took off from Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath on the orders of President Ronald Reagan.
Pig! Remembering RAAF F-111C Aardvark
"Do you realize the Australians have a bomber that can put a bomb through that window on to the table here in front of us?" Former Indonesian defense minister Benny Murdani speaking about RAAF F-111C. The F-111, with its variable sweep wing, terrain following radar, military-rated afterburning turbofan engines and self-contained escape...
Aardvark Down: former F-111 WSO tells the story of his ejection over North Vietnam during Operation Linebacker II
  "If I had been superstitious at all, I probably wouldn't have flown the mission at all. Every one of the previous F-111s lost had a call sign ending in 3, and they had all gone down on a Monday night. December 22 was a Monday, and our call sign was Jackal 33," Bill Wilson, former F-111 WSO When Bill Wilson...
Where SAC heavies were built: the story of Fort Worth "Bomber Plant"
Given that bombers were the focus in the 1940s and 1950s, the facility earned a nickname among locals that endures today: the bomber plant According to Lockheed Martin website Air Force Plant 4 began operations in west Fort Worth on Apr. 18, 1942. Construction was completed in less than a year. Noteworthy the plant required a lot of lights and air...
Operation El Dorado Canyon was hailed as a success, marking the longest combat mission flown by a tactical aircraft for the Air Force at that time On Apr. 14, 1986, at 5:13 p.m., U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-111F Aardvarks from the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) took off from Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath on the orders of President Ronald...
It’s always been my dream to be a pilot, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, I just took a different route than most people do As told by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs in the article Maintainer-turned-fighter pilot puts new skills to the test, when Capt. David was a child, his father would take him...