IWM Duxford – Cold War Legend: F-111E Aardvark “The Chief”

A Cold War legend – USAF General Dynamics F-111E Aardvark “The Chief” (says it all really) at The American Air Museum, IWM Duxford during my visit in the summer of 2012. Swing wing, supersonic (Mach 2.5!), massive payload and with terrain following radar, what a beast! The F-111E strike bomber variant entered USAF service from… Read More IWM Duxford – Cold War Legend: F-111E Aardvark “The Chief”

A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: Peacekeeping and Modern Conflicts – 1973 to 2014

2014 marks the centenary of military aviation in Australia. To commemorate this I am writing a six-part series of articles on the key stages of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF): The Early Years – 1914 to 1939 (World War One and the interwar years), World War Two – 1939 to 1945, The Cold War… Read More A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: Peacekeeping and Modern Conflicts – 1973 to 2014

Aussie “Pig” spotted in Pacific paradise!

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was the last operator of the General Dynamics F-111 which they nicknamed the “Pig“. The F-111 was a  highly sophisticated swing wing interdictor, tactical strike bomber and reconnaissance aircraft with a crew of 2 that was capable of flying at a top speed of Mach 2.5, operating in all-weather conditions day… Read More Aussie “Pig” spotted in Pacific paradise!

RAAF General Dynamics F-111 the Flying “Pig”

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE The General Dynamics F-111 never had an official name other than F-111 but was known as the “Aardvark” in US service (all aircraft were retired by 1998 including the EF-111 “Raven” an electronic warfare version), it was called “Pig” in Australia but this had nothing to do with how it performed, it was a term of… Read More RAAF General Dynamics F-111 the Flying “Pig”