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Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

F-111A - “Aardvark”

General Dynamics

 
 
F-111A - "Aardvark" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
1. F-111A - "Aardvark" Marker
Inscription. The F-111A was the world’s first production variable-sweep wing fighter. It completed its maiden flight on 21 December 1964, at Carswell AFB, Texas. The aircraft could exceed twice the speed of sound (Mach 2) by sweeping its wings rearward while in flight. The wings were swept forward for takeoffs, landing, or slow speed flight. Flight test programs were carried out at Edwards AFB on nearly every model of the F-111 series almost continuously from 1965 to 1990.

The aircraft on display was the first F-111A built and flown. Its entire service career was spent at Edwards where it performed the full spectrum of flight test. It was restored by the 6515th Field Maintenance and Organizational Maintenance Squadrons in 1986 and was placed on display here on 15 October 1986-exactly 22 years after it was first rolled out from General Dynamics’ Fort Worth factory.

On loan from the USAF Museum.
 
Erected by Air Force Flight Test Center Museum.
 
Location. 34° 54.779′ N, 117° 55.206′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from South Rosamond Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located next to the AFFTC Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 South Rosamond Boulevard, Edwards CA 93524, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
F-111A - "Aardvark" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
2. F-111A - "Aardvark" Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. YA-7D - "Corsair II" (a few steps from this marker); CT-39A - "Sabreliner" (within shouting distance of this marker); T-28B - "Trojan" (within shouting distance of this marker); F-84F - "Thunderstreak" (within shouting distance of this marker); T-33A “Shooting Star” (within shouting distance of this marker); A.W. "Tony" LeVier 1913-1998 (within shouting distance of this marker); N.F.-11 (T.T.-20) - “Meteor” (within shouting distance of this marker); UC-45J - "Expeditor" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
F-111A - "Aardvark" image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
3. F-111A - "Aardvark"
F-111A - "Aardvark" image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
4. F-111A - "Aardvark"
F-111A - "Aardvark" image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, January 15, 2013
5. F-111A - "Aardvark"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 21, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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