Up-Close Aircraft Day

Saturday, July 14

Nuclear Deterrent Strike-Force Bomber: The FB-111A

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


During the upcoming “Up-Close Aircraft Day” on July 14th, the featured aircraft is the FB-111A Aardvark. This 1960s nuclear-armed bomber pioneered several technologies for production aircraft, including variable-sweep wings, after-burning turbofan engines, and automated terrain-following radar for low-level, high-speed flight.


Designed as a modification of the legendary General Dynamics variable–geometry “swing-wing” F-111 fighter-bomber, the FB-111A served in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command from 1968 until 1991. The FB-111A supported the third leg of the U.S. Triad Nuclear Deterrent strike-force, consisting of manned bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. To learn more about the FB-111A Aardvark, visit the AIRCRAFT tab on this website (click on "Bomber" category). Here’s your chance to get up-close viewing of this aircraft, and to ask questions of the March Field Air Museum’s knowledgeable docents!


Every second Saturday through 2018, a different aircraft is featured monthly during "Up-Close Aircraft Days" at the March Field Air Msueum! Guests have the opportunity for a close look – sometimes climbing stairs to see directly into the cargo bay or cockpit, other times even climbing aboard. The new Up-Close Aircraft Days takes place every second Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with regular museum admission.