The General Dynamics F-111 entered service in 1967 as a medium-range aircraft designed
for interdiction and tactical strikes. The F-111 was used as an all-weather attack aircraft
capable of low-level penetration of enemy territory. It also could be used for reconnaissance
and electronic warfare. Some unique features are variable geometry wings, the 2 crew
members sat side by side in an escape capsule, internal weapons bay; terrain following radar
and afterburning turbofans. The USAF retired their last F-111 in 1998 but the RAAF
continued to use theirs.
Activated on January 15, 1941 as the 11th Reconnaissance Squadron it became the 524th
Fighter Squadron in 1944. Between 1960 and 1972 it was equipped with the General
Dynamics F-111A/D/E models. In 1992 they received the F-111 E and F variants replacing
the earlier models. To acknowledge the General Dynamics F-111 retirement 74-0187 was
given a special nose art scheme. On July 27, 1996 the F-111 unofficial name “Aardvark”
became official. In September 1996 74-0187 was sent to Aerospace Maintenance and
Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (Bone Yard).