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F-111s down in the dump

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 25, 2011
The RAAF has buried 23 decommissioned F-111 fighters in a landfull near Ipswich. (Dept of Defence)

The hulks of 23 decomissioned F-111s have been dumped in the Swanbank landfill near Ipswich, angering fans of the fighter jet.

The F-111s had been based at RAAF Amberley before they were decomissioned last year in favor of the F/A-18 Super Hornet. The US government places tight restrictions on how equipment obtained through its Foreign Military Sales program can be used after leaving service.

The RAAF says a pair of retired F-111s will be displayed at Amberley’s Heritage Centre, and seven of the jets remain on offer to eligable museums and historical organisations.

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But it will be left to future archaeologists to study the remains of the 23 F-111s buried at Swanbank, a move that infuriated Ipswich Councilor Paul Tully.

“Fifty years of Australian history down the drain,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

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