The F-111 Aardvark Is A Jet Fighter Assassin
The National Interest -

Sebastien Roblin


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Key Point: The F-111 Aardvark has been retired, but its legend lives on.

The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark was a low-altitude strike plane born out of a shotgun wedding between competing Air Force and Navy requirements—with Defense Secretary McNamara as the minister. Despite its troubled adolescence, it grew into a capable high-tech night bomber that lasted decades in service, noted for its sleekly elegant profile.

Troubled Conception

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