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.
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.