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Old 1st Dec 2010, 23:41
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F-111 Retirement

G'day all,

With the Pig winding down at the end of this week just wondering what you guys up brisbane way have seen of it, a few final jollies over the city? Are they letting their hair down yet?

I read they are doing the final flight this afternoon for the invitation only crowd, but those around amberley might get a look.

Would like to hear some reports or see some pics of the final ceremonies today if anyone gets a chance to post. I'm interstate otherwise i'd be there myself.

Long live the pig
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Final flights are tomorrow, with at least 4 aircraft departing around 11, they will split into 2 formations with 1 going north and the other 1 heading south. The formations will fly around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine coast before returning to Amberley just after 1 pm for a mock attack on the base and a dump and burn.

Today is the last look an touch for those who have worked at the base.

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Today is the last look an touch for those who have worked at the base. All details are at pigtails.
Yes..... Only if you are an invited guest, which is a very select few.

So where is the best place to be to watch it and what time?
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The sad part is that the Gummint is gonna chop them into little bits for scrap metal, instead of donating them to museums or putting them on sticks outside the base.
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Along the back fence (Ipswich side of the base) seems to be a popular spot. They have removed the escape capsules from a lot of the parked aircraft so perhaps they will be offered for sale. At this stage 4 F111C have been allocated to bases.
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From Triple M BNE website

"Brisbane will get one last chance to farewell the F-111 aircraft as it makes a final fly past on Friday December 3.

Their final journey will take them over Ipswich, Brisbane CBDs, South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

F-111 Final Route and Approximate Timings:

* Takeoff: Amberley 11:30, Laidley 11:43, Rosweood 11:44, Amberley 11:45, Ipswich 11:46, Brisbane 11:50

* Northern Route: Sandgate 11:55, Redcliffe 11:55, Bribie Island 11:57, Caloundra 12:00, Maroochydore 12:02, Noosa 12:05

* Southern Route: Gold Coast 12:00, Coolangatta 12:05, Byron Bay 13:07, Ballina 13:10, Evans Head 13:15 (all times local)

* Best Vantage Points For Brisbane: Mt Cootha, Red Hill Church, Victora park, Toowong Reach, Southbank, Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Mt Gravatt"

Brisbane Gets Final F-111 Fly Over | The Cage | Triple M Brisbane
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And what is the ETA back at YAMB after the run?
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There seem to have been so many "final flights" of the F1-11's lately. Anyone would think that John Farnam's manager was involved.
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Due back between 1245 and 1345, depending on what site you read.
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Should make the professional noise complaint brigade happy - until 1 & 6SQNs come up to strength with Super Hornet
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Should make the professional noise complaint brigade happy
Hope the lads rattled a few windows today!

Long live the Pig!
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Some shots from yesterday.





















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Ascend Charlie,
The Courier Mail reported yesterday that one was going to a museum down south and one was going on a stick outside Amberley... had you heard differently?
Awesome photos, btw, thanks chaps!
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According to 'batman' on the adf-serials messageboard:
"One F-111G has gone to RAAFM at PCK. I believe the other 13 are being shredded into razor blades.

There will be several F-111Cs retained for preservation:
A8-125 to RAAFM
A8-126 RAAF Heritage Centre at Amberley
A8-132 to ARDU gate guard at Edinburgh
A8-138 RAAF Amberley gate guard
A8-109 or A8-113 were being negotiated I believe with the USAF"
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Excellent photo's of the F111. Thanks for posting.
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A8-109 or A8-113 were being negotiated I believe with the USAF"
-113 was a modified F-111A, and as an 'A' Model was the Last F-111 to fly in Vietnam. It returned with some battle damage (that has since been repaired)
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I believe a few USAF guys came out for the event....and one operational unit was spare.....the old folk were wondering if they could find the keys .

So if one went to the USAF.... that would be to preserve flying history.....why the FK are we not doing the same. F86 at YTEM for example. what is wrong with these folk. FFS we wasted more on dodgy roof insulation
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Why would the USAF take one of the RAAF units? Pretty sure they have a desert full of airframes somewhere just baking away in the sun.
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109 and 113 are ex-USAF F-111As, 67-?109 & 67-?113. They were two of four ex-USAF jets bought as attrition replacements c.1982, (with 112 & 114).

113 reportedly dropped the final bomb by the USAF in Vietnam in 1973, hence the USAF interest in it, but NOT as a flying museum piece. It'll probably go on a pole at Nellis or in the museum at Wright Pat

Awesome that 132 is going back to Edinburgh where it spent so much time in the 80s and 90s.
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