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Title: DEC 3: F111 Decomissioned by RAAF
Post by: Rattler on 14 October 2010, 23:16:31
So, Australia is coming off the 60s and going towards the 80s:

On DEC 3, 2010, the RAAF fleet of F-111s will be decomissioned and replaced by F-18 Hornets.

I will post a memorial for this sexy aircraft on the date it happens, here just a vid that relates it to its Vietnam part of operational history (it has actually a valid operational history til 1999) via music:

Australian F111 and the Hollies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Hmd0BMMOks#)

Enjoy,

Rattler


Title: Re: DEC 3: F111 Decomissioned by RAAF
Post by: FACman on 15 October 2010, 05:21:46
I never worked with (nor saw) any of these during my tour of duty.


Title: Re: DEC 3: F111 Decomissioned by RAAF
Post by: MontyB on 15 October 2010, 05:55:33
I didn't know Australia still flew the F-111 given the number that have embedded themselves in the New Zealand landscape I figured they would have run out by now.


Title: Re: DEC 3: F111 Decomissioned by RAAF
Post by: Rattler on 16 October 2010, 01:57:52
They did, and they are the last:

http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=861: (http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=861:)
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The RAAF has been the sole operator of the F-111 since 1998, when the U.S. Air Force retired its F-111s from service.


Picture proof: 4 RAAF F-111s in 2006 according to Wikipedia (which of cause is always right):

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4d/Australian_F-111s.jpg/800px-Australian_F-111s.jpg)
Rattler


Title: Re: DEC 3: F111 Decomissioned by RAAF
Post by: Koen on 16 October 2010, 10:05:12
I saw a camouflaged one at a NATO exercise I participated in early 90's.... 1 F-111 amongst fighters as F-4 and F-16...strange, sexy beast (does remind I really should get a digitalizer for picture negatives)

FA-18 Super Hornet for RAAF-2008 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75PfbbzecOc#)

RAAF F-111 belly landing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTNMcs4-29Y#ws)