Shaw ‘Vark

Posted 12 September 2012
Photo by A1C Krystal Jeffers

A dedication ceremony for a refurbished F-111E now on static display at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, was held on 12 September 2012. The aircraft, (Air Force serial number 68-0039) nicknamed <i>Baghdad Express,</i> was assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing from 1970 to 1993 before the unit moved from RAF Upper Heyford, England, to Shaw in 1994. Crews flew this F-111 on twenty-one missions during Operation Desert Storm. It had been in storage at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, prior to being trucked to Shaw in February 2012. Refurbishment of the Aardvark, which included reassembly and repainting, took four months. The aircraft was installed in the Shaw airpark in late August.

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