The General Dynamics F-111 “Aardvark” was a supersonic, medium-range tactical attack aircraft that also served as a strategic bomber and provided aerial reconnaissance. Developed in the 1960’s, it first entered service in 1967 with the United States Air Force. It was the first aircraft to have production moveable swept wings, the first to have turbofan engines which gave it the power to fly supersonically at low altitude and the efficiency to fly to Europe without refueling. Its electronics allowed it to fly at night, in any weather, hugging the ground to avoid detection. The aircraft proudly served in Viet Nam; as our front line nuclear defense during the Cold War; in the raid on Ghaddafi’s Libyan headquarters; and in Desert Storm. They were finally retired in 1996. Australia continued to use the F-111 until 2010. Truly an aircraft our Veterans hold in high respect.