This week's Movie Monday takes an early 90s look at the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. After watching the final public displays of the Royal Australian Air Force F-111s in Singapore in February, I was interested to delve into the history of this aircraft.
While not a perfect parallel, The F-111 Aardvark was derived from a similar philosophy that gave life to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Create a single fighter platform that can leverage common capabilities across different military services. In this case, the F-111A was developed for the US Air Force and the F-111B was developed for the Navy. However, increased weight and design changes eventually caused the cancellation of the Naval variant.
The five-part hour-long episode of Wings will give a solid history into the novel design features and operations of the Aardvark in Vietnam, Libya and the Gulf. Parts two through five are after the jump. Enjoy!
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