Ipswich to farewell F-111
Metro HotelsDecember 02, 2010
RAAF Base Amberley just outside of Ipswich will say farewell today to the iconic F-111 with the finale being a spectacular flypast on Friday.
A decommissioning parade will be held at the base today and tomorrow, the residents of Ipswich will witness the flypast, an event normally reserved for major occasions such as the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
The supersonic long-range strike aircraft, which have been in service since 1973, are being replaced by 24 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets.
Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare said there were already 11 Super Hornets in Australia, with three more to be delivered by the end of the year.
As part of the event Metro Hotel Ipswich International played host to the Air force ceremonial support escort from Canberra who were on hand to pay tribute and a final farewell for the F111.
But the F-111s will not be totally lost to Ipswich and the Amberley Air base. One aircraft will be decommissioned at a cost of about $1 million and put on permanent display at the Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre after its December farewell.
The Australian Defence Force has released a tender calling for businesses to destroy 13 of the remaining G-model planes.
Ceremonial Guard of honour for F111