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Last F-111 over Canberra

caf 18 August 2010 14

After 37 years, the venerable F-111 “Pig” is being retired from service in December. Today marks the aircraft’s final visit to Canberra, with a flyover marking Vietnam Veterans’ Day.

No idea about the exact time – unfortunately the ADF don’t seem to have put out a media release.


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Mr Evil Mr Evil 9:30 pm 18 Aug 10

Gungahlin Al said :

Well that was a little lame. I preferred when the C17 buzzed around us for about 20 minutes. I mean really – if you were the pilot wouldn’t you want to do a dummy bombing run on APH or maybe see if you could kick up a rooster tail on the lake??

After all those softco*ks whinged about the two F-111s that performed a double dump and burn for the Centenary of the High Court a few years back, I’m surprised we get to see this thing at all here nowadays.

Snarky Snarky 7:45 pm 18 Aug 10

Devil_n_Disquiz said :

Here is my small contribution.

Nice shot D’n’D!

Devil_n_Disquiz Devil_n_Disquiz 4:41 pm 18 Aug 10

Here is my small contribution.

http://flic.kr/p/8thGRR

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 2:47 pm 18 Aug 10

Meh! Seen one, seen em’ all.

weaponx weaponx 2:15 pm 18 Aug 10

Happend while I was draining the main vein at about 12:55 here in Civic, thought the toilet was about to back up, scared the life outta me. lol

Snarky Snarky 1:44 pm 18 Aug 10

Well, went down the lake to watch. Very low-key – just a slow, sedate single jet. No afterburner, no rooster-tail on the lake. Out not with a bang but a whimper…

For those interested:

http://s287.photobucket.com/albums/ll156/snarky_in_act/F111%20Flypast/

Thumper Thumper 1:16 pm 18 Aug 10

Makes me wonder what fun the pilots will have when they know they are on their last flight ever.

The days of the RAAF being a drinking/ flying club are well and truly over.

p1 p1 1:07 pm 18 Aug 10

It went past my window in Woden pretty close, was great to see.

Gungahlin Al said :

I mean really – if you were the pilot wouldn’t you want to do a dummy bombing run on APH or maybe see if you could kick up a rooster tail on the lake??

I have to agree. Makes me wonder what fun the pilots will have when they know they are on their last flight ever.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 12:57 pm 18 Aug 10

Well that was a little lame. I preferred when the C17 buzzed around us for about 20 minutes. I mean really – if you were the pilot wouldn’t you want to do a dummy bombing run on APH or maybe see if you could kick up a rooster tail on the lake??

Thumper Thumper 11:37 am 18 Aug 10

Commemoration for Australia’s last two MIAs in Vietnam – Herbert and Carver, a single F-111 will flyover Anzac Parade, Canberra at approximately 1245h, Wednesday 18 August 2010

krasny krasny 11:34 am 18 Aug 10

About an hour from now. The media release is here: http://www.defence.gov.au/media/AlertTpl.cfm?CurrentId=10706

fgzk fgzk 11:13 am 18 Aug 10

Four Black Hawk Helicopters will also fly over Canberra between 2pm and 5pm as part of an Army training exercise. AFP training centre at Majura and Symonston.

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