Doug Gordon charts the F-111F’s time with 48th Tactical Fighter Wing.

A pair of Lakenheath F-111Fs in formation over the English countryside during the Cold War.
Jim Rotramel

The General Dynamics F-111 ‘Aardvark’ had the hardest and probably the most acrimonious gestation of any modern jet fighter to enter service with the USAF. Its development was plagued by negative media attention and wallet-watching politicians.

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