The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark was a supersonic, medium-range interdictor and tactical attack aircraft that also filled the roles of strategic nuclear bomber , aerial reconnaissance , and electronic-warfare aircraft in its various versions. Developed in the 1960s by General Dynamics , it first entered service in 1967 with the United States Air Force . The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also ordered the type and began operating F-111Cs in 1973.
The F-111 fighter, also called Aardvark, is a medium-range, multi-purpose tactical strike aircraft that was developed by General Dynamics. Previously known as TFX (Tactical Fighter "X"), the aircraft was developed in response to a joint services requirement for a superior fighter from the US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy in 1960. Several variants were developed for operations such as strategic bomber, electronic warfare and reconnaissance.