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Old 3rd Jul 2013, 14:50
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F1-11 filton

Hi anyone on prune ever used to work on f1-11 depot maintenance at filton? I was an inspector there in the 80s it was a great place to work apart from fuel tank de seal re seal ! Watching them take off on the test flight was nerve wracking knowing my B stamp was all over them. Sad now the hanger and the airfield is closed seems such a waste cheers superq7
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Old 3rd Jul 2013, 18:17
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F1-11 filton

Do you mean BAC1-11, the type your referring to is (was) a fast jet. :-)

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Old 3rd Jul 2013, 18:28
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F111s were maintained at Filton. I recall a big "cold soak" building. Must have cost a fortune for a very short time in use.

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Old 3rd Jul 2013, 20:40
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USAFE F-111 aircraft were maintained and serviced at Filton in the 1980's under the periodic Depot Maintenance Programme. Approximately 200 aircraft went through the programme.
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Old 3rd Jul 2013, 21:47
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Do the ozzies still use them or have they retired them too.
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The Aussies retired their F111's last year (or the year before the time just sweeps past). Some have gone to museums but most of them were buried with their wings pulled off. There was also a major compensation case involving RAAF technicians who had to work on the fuel tank resealing with minimal PBE. A lot of them got very sick. All the best.
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Being in the circuit at Filton in a Bulldog with an F-111 was always somewhat interesting.

Then again, being in the circuit at Filton in a Bulldog with Concorde certainly concentrated the mind!
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An F111 landing at Filton in the early 1990's.

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Old 4th Jul 2013, 16:13
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Thanks for the vid India 4 2 I seem to remember we had an arrester wire at the end of the runway at Filton ( bristol uk) just for the f1-11s must have cost loads to fit it can't imagine it was ever used cheers superq
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Old 5th Jul 2013, 08:48
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Thanks for confirming my memory loss is accelerating I42! Can you find the video of the RAAF F111 doing a wheels up and catching the wire? I'm sure superq7 would like to see that it did work!
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Old 5th Jul 2013, 10:54
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Australia has preserved 30% of its F-111s. An excellent result by any standard.

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Old 5th Jul 2013, 11:26
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F1-11 catching the wire

Thanks for the video RJTRT & LOOKLEFT amazing ,did that jet ever fly again?

It was an amazing aircraft if a tad noisy! When they took off from Filton on test flights they would set off nearly all the car alarms in the nearby car park , pity none left in the uk but they weren't ours after all cheers superq
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Old 5th Jul 2013, 11:32
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pity none left in the uk but they weren't ours after all
Though we came pretty close to having some ...

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Well if it did fly again it didn't for long! The reason it had to do a wheels up is that one of the main wheels came off during the take-off and it nearly took out a car in the squadrons car park!

thanks for finding the video rjt
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pity none left in the uk but they weren't ours after all


In the dusty recesses of my mind lurks a thought that there is a former Upper Heyford F-111E preserved in the AAM building at Duxford.
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In the dusty recesses of my mind lurks a thought that there is a former Upper Heyford F-111E preserved in the AAM building at Duxford.
There's also one at Cosford:

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There is also one on display at Lakenheath.

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Old 6th Jul 2013, 14:45
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F1-11 noiseyest jet?

I have worked on a few aircraft in my time ( and been to a lot of mil airshows) I think the f1-11 was the noiseyest of them all
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