WATCH: Meet the Cold War Jet Fighter Assassin That Helped Contain Russia

 January 4, 2024

The Cold war was a time where containment of Soviet Russia was paramount. This meant building a bigger, better Military that would make Russia think twice about escalating to a hot war.

Enter the Jet Fighter Assassin: General Dynamics f-111 Aardvark. This supersonic, medium-range, multirole combat aircraft is now retired, but was used in a ground attack, strategic bombing recon and electronic warfare capacity in the effort to "contain" Soviet Russia.

Take a look at this video covering the details of this amazing aircraft, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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4 comments on “WATCH: Meet the Cold War Jet Fighter Assassin That Helped Contain Russia”

  1. Saw it in person while in the Gulf of Tokin. I was impressed but it's size made it difficult to handle on a Midway class carrier.

  2. The F-111 was originally known as "the controversial TFX" when Defense Secretary Bob McNamara, a former Harvard trained Ford Motor Company Whiz-Kid noted for his mathematical elucidation of the vagaries of defense spending on specific systems and elevated by JFK despite his lacklustre production of the Ford falcon, tried to adopt the this medium bomber to carrier landings. Like the F-111, said to bounce and wallow uncontrollably when landing aboard the USS Enterprise CVN-65, McNamara's use of his "graduated response" in Vietnam is said to have prolonged the conflict and allowed us to wallow in the small nation for years without a clear strategy. LBJ later fobbed McNamara off on the World Bank where he actually believed that third world problems could be solved with enormous volumes of US taxpayer monies just as Joe Biden believes that governmental spending in the mega-trillion range can change the weather.

  3. How can you not love an aircraft called the Aardvark? The enemy hated it, which is reason enough, and a damned good one. As I remember, a certain Libyan colonel didn't like it much.

  4. The F111 started out as a Navy Project on the 1960's along with the F4 Phantom II, I dont recall the reason the Navy canceled the project but the had the predecessor to the long range Air to Air Missile that the F14 would carry in its internal weapons bay.

    The Air Force would take over the project and develope the F111, if I recall the Bomber version was longer then the F111

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