F-111 Aardvark

EF-111A EWO recalls when his Raven with Asymmetric Slats had to do a departure end cable arrestment

EF-111A EWO recalls when his Raven with Asymmetric Slats had to do a departure end cable arrestment

The EF-111A Raven EF-111A Ravens, known affectionately as "Fat Tails" and "Spark Varks," (the F-111 is known as the Aardvark),… Read More

4 months ago

On Valentine’s Day 1986 a USAF FB-111 Supersonic Bomber Transported a Donor Heart from Oklahoma to Connecticut in two hours to save a patient

USAF FB-111 transports a Donor Heart On Feb. 14, 1986 a 48-year old Pine Plains, N.Y. man received a most… Read More

4 months ago

SR-71 Pilot tells the story of when he revealed Blackbird’s True Top Speed

‘At some point in the evening, the F-111 guys began to press me, in a good-natured way, for classified information… Read More

1 year ago

F-111 crew members explain why flying the Aardvark at low level with TFR was the BEST way to see the world during the daytime but it was EXCITING in clouds or at night

‘Things really got exciting when we flew in clouds or at night over the terrain with TFR,’ Paul Ghiron, former… Read More

2 years ago

KC-135 navigator tells the story of when his Stratotanker towed a badly damaged F-111 Fighter Bomber through the skies of North Vietnam back to Thailand

The KC-135 Stratotanker crew verified the location of the distressed F-111 Aardvark and headed north until the two aircraft were… Read More

2 years ago

USAF pilot recalls the night’s mission where the terrain-following radar of several F-111 attack aircraft failed to work

‘Everyone knew that they had just lost two friends, whose F-111 terrain-following radar system had failed,’ Ron Wagner, former USAF… Read More

2 years ago

Australia buried 23 F-111 strike aircraft after the Pig’s retirement. Here’s why.

The decision to dispose of the F-111 aircraft in this manner incurred the displeasure of the nation’s aviation enthusiasts. The… Read More

2 years ago

Combat Lancer: The Debut of the F-111

The F-111 opens its combat career. In the fall of 1967, PACAF began deployment planning for its first General Dynamics… Read More

2 years ago

Here’s why Australia buried 23 F-111s after the aircraft’s retirement

23 F-111 aircraft were buried at the Swanbank landfill site outside of Ipswich, Queensland, between Nov. 21 and 23, 2011.… Read More

4 years ago

Here’s how USAF F-111 Strike Aircraft were able to Defend themselves against Iraqi Fighter Threat during Operation Desert Storm

F/EF-111 crews were not prepared for air-to-air engagements, however, their aircraft lacking the manoeuvrability to engage in that sort of… Read More

4 years ago

Ravenous Radiation: a quick look at the Role Played by USAF EF-111A Electronic Jamming Aircraft during Operation Desert Storm

Even the stealthy F-117A ‘Wobblin' Goblin' benefited from EF-111A’s help as the Nighthawk was not undetectable by radar, although its… Read More

4 years ago

Duck Mission: The F-111 Sortie Flown To Preserve Cormorant Colonies against Oil Spill Caused by Iraqis during Operation Desert Storm

One of the most challenging missions of Operation Desert Storm in 1991 was flown on Jan. 27 after Iraqi troops… Read More

5 years ago

Did you know the F-111 Killed More Tanks than the A-10 during Operation Desert Storm?

Using PAVE Tack targeting pods combined with LGBs, the F-111 Aardvarks took out over 1,500 Iraqi armored vehicles. By contrast… Read More

5 years ago

Italy’s Prime Minister saved Gaddafi’s Life by Warning of Operation El Dorado Canyon

The Italian F-104s scrambled to inspect the USAF armada approaching western Sicily around midnight from Apr. 14 to 15, 1986… Read More

5 years ago

The sad story of ‘Karma 52’, the only F-111 lost during 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,… Read More

5 years ago

Pig! Remembering RAAF F-111 Aardvark

"Do you realize the Australians have a bomber that can put a bomb through that window on to the table… Read More

5 years ago