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RAAF F-111 retires to the US

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 23, 2013
A8-130 departs Amberley on its last bombing mission. (RAAF)

The final F-111 strike aircraft to be displayed at historical museums has begun its retirement journey to the United States.

Aircraft A8-130 has been gifted to the Pacific Aviation Museum in Hawaii in recognition of the close ties between Australia and America through a long period of coalition operations.

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown said: “This gift symbolises the close working relationship we enjoy with our American colleagues – on operations, on exercises and through airmen-to-airmen talks.”

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The F-111, which at one time had been piloted by Air Marshal Brown, will be transported by RAAF C-17s in three flights flight from RAAF Base Amberley.

Six F-111s have been retained at RAAF Bases across Australia, and after a public Request for Loan Offer six aircraft and three ‘crew modules’ were loaned to civilian aviation museums across Australia.

All six organisations that met the stringent requirements for an F-111 loan have now received them. After the loan process, one F-111 remained, which has now been made available to the Pacific Aviation Museum.

The F-111 was Australia’s principal strike aircraft from 1973 until 2010. It has since been replaced by the F/A-18F Super Hornet.

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