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On 1 June 1973, the first 6 F-111Cs arrived at Amberley to be met by many dignitaries. Eight 6 Squadron aircrew participated in the ferry. They were Wing Commander R.G. Funnell. Squadron Leader I.M. Westmore, Squadron Leader N.M. Pollock, Squadron Leader W.F. Waiters, Flight Lieutenant R.T. Sivyer, Flight Lieutenant A. Bushell, Flight Lieutenant P.W. Growder and Flying Officer P.J. McDonald.
Commenting on the occasion in his Commanding Officers report Wing Commander Funnell stated:
"The first day of the month was of great importance to the RAAF and to No 6 Squadron. After many frustrating delays the RAAF's new strike aircraft, the General Dynamics F-111 C, arrived in Australia.
Among the many visitors to Amberley on that day were the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Mr Lance Barnard, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal C.F. Read CB CBE DFC AFC, the Air Officer Commanding Operational Command, Air Vice Marshal B.A. Eaton CB CBE DSO DFC, the President of General Dynamics Corporation, Convair Aerospace Division, Mr Frank Davis and the F-111 Program Director, General Dynamics Corporation, Mr A.S. ('Doc') Witchell Jr."
6 Squadrons first two sorties were flown on 13 June. A few days later Wing Commander Funnell and Flight Lieutenant Bushell flew the first bombing mission at Saumarez Reef.
 
Type
USAF S/N
RAAF S/N
Location / Remarks / History
x
F-111A
F-111C
67-0109
A8-109
1 SQN 82nd Wing RAAF Amberley - image Lenn Bayliss
S / N 154. 67-0109. USAF Delivery 15/07/69; 'NC' 430 TFS/474 TFW - 'NA' 474 TFW (Vietnam ops, attrition Replacement), Arr Takhli 11/12/72; 'NA' 474 TFW (10/75); 'MO' 366 TFW Tfd , 07/77 (10/78), 390 TFS (11/07/81); RAAF Attrition replacement, Del to RAAF 05/82 (Arr Amberley 20/08/82?); 6 Sqn (1984,20/05/85); 1 Sqn (1987)?; 6 Sqn (09/07/88, 29/10/88,1989,11/03/91,1993?,30/03/95,04/02/97); 1 Sqn (6Sqn marks, 20/08/98). Converted to F-111C standard by 3 AD - correct date unknown ?
2nd image courtesy of 82nd Wing RAAF Base Amberley - Operation Pitch Black 2002
F-111A
F-111C
67-0112
A8-112
1 SQN 82nd Wing RAAF Amberley - image from 82nd Wing
F-111A 67-0112 c/n 157. 67-0112. USAF Del 22/07/69; 'ND' 442 TFTS/474 TFW; 'NC' 430 TFS/474 TFW; 'NA' 430 TFS/474 TFW (Vietnam Ops), Dep Nellis 29/09/72, Arr Takhli 04/10/72; 'HG' 347 TFW Takhli Tfd 30/07/73; 'NA' 430 TFS/474 TFW (10/75); 'MO' 391 TFS/366 TFW Tfd 07/77 (10/77); RAAF Attrition replacement, Del to RAAF 05/82 (?) (Arrived Amberley 15/01/83?); 6 Sqn (1984,16/03/85,20/05/85,21/02/88); Overhaul (3 AD?) (29/10/88,1989); 6 Sqn (06/12/89,31/01/90,11/03/91,12/10/91,1993); 1 Sqn (01/95,30/03/95); 501 Wing (maintenance) (04/03/96); 1 Sqn (04/02/97); AUP and ALE-40 mods 1998 (test A/C for ALE-40); 1 Sqn (18/06/98).
Converted to F-111C standard by 3 AD (when?).
See Air Force News article about the recovery & air lift of A8-112 from Darwin
1st image -
2nd image original configuration F-111A - courtesy of Michael Hopper
3rd image Australian Commonwealth Department of Defence
F-111A
F-111C
67-0113
A8-113

1 SQN 82nd Wing RAAF Amberley
F-111A / F-111C S / N 158. 67-0113. USAF Del 14/08/69; 'NC' 430 TFS/474 TFW 'NA' 430 TFS/474 TFW (Vietnam Ops), Dep Nellis 29/09/72, Arr Takhli 04/10/72; 'HG' 428 TFS/347 TFW Tfd 30/07/73 (flew last combat sortie 15/08/73); 'NA' 474 TFW (10/75); 'MO' 366 TFW Tfd 07/77 (09/77). Cr 600 Ft short of runway, Mountain Home AFB (repaired over two years), 390 TFS/366 TFW (12/80); RAAF Attrition replacement (noted undergoing modification to RAAF standards, McClellan AFB 1981); Del to RAAF 06/82
1st image 82nd Wing Photographic Unit
2nd image by Glenn Alderton, taken at Bi-Centennial Air Show , RAAF Richmond 1988

F-111A
F-111C
67-0114
A8-114
1 SQN 82nd Wing RAAF Amberley - images Lenn Bayliss - see Lenn's gallery pages
F-111A - 67-0114 converted to F-111C c/n 159 - A8-114. Last F-111A Built. 67-0117. USAF Del 06/08/69; 'NC' 430 TFS/474 TFW; 'NA' 430 TFS/474 TFW (Vietnam Ops) Dep Nellis 29/09/72, Arr Takhli 04/10/72; 'HG' 347 TFW Takhli Tfd 30/07/73; 'NA' 430 TFS/474 TFW (10/75); 'MO' 366 TFW Tfd 07/77 (10/78), 390 TFS (05/79); RAAF Attrition replacement; Del to RAAF 06/82 (?), (Arrival Amberley on Del 23/05/82?); 6 Sqn
(1984,20/05/85,26/07/85,02/04/86,29/10/88,1989,11/03/91,12/10/91,1993?, 12/05/94,01/95,04/03/96); 1 Sqn (04/05/96,08/96,04/02/97,07/97,07/04/98,03/99). Converted to F-111C standard by 3 AD (when?).
F-111C
67-0125
A8-125
82 Wing RAAF Amberley

image by Lenn Bayliss
F-111C
RF-111C
67-0126
A8-126

First F-111C to fly on date 13 July 1968. Flown by Dick Johnson and Lukas, GD Test Pilots. Flight mile-stones pased include max altitude of 50 000 feet, max speed Mach 2.33. Supersonic time was 11 minutes, with a flight duration of 1:55 hrs.
2nd flight July 17, 1968, crewed by Capt. Joe "Jose" Smith and Capt. Maddock. Flight milestones include max altitude of 49 000 feet, and max speed of Mach 2.3. Supersonic time was 9 minutes, of a flight duration of 2:10 hrs. (The Mighty Vark CD-ROM)
Modified by GD for the RAAF to RF-111C. Arrived at Amberley 22 August 1979.
82 Wing RAAF Amberley
1st image taken at General Dynamics Fort Worth
2nd image taken at Edwards AFB - courtesy Mike Kaplan
3rd image by Collin Zuppicicich, taken at Whenuapai Air Force Base: New Zealand, March 17, 2001.

F-111C
67-0127
A8-127

First flight was 26 July 1968, crewed by Val Prahl and Lucas, GD Test Pilots. Flight milestones include max altitude of 49 500 feet, and a maximum speed of Mach 2.31. Supersonic for 14 minutes from a flight duration of 1:55 hrs. (The Mighty Vark CD-ROM) - Crashed and destroyed 13 September 1993 near Guyra NSW during night simulated attack. FATAL.
Killed were FLTLT Jeremy 'Jez' McNess and FLTLT Mark 'CC' Cairns-Cowan. Callsign Buckshot 18.
1st & 2nd images courtesy of Tim Beach - See R.I.A.T - UK Air Show gallery also by Tim Beach
3rd image ?


Memorial dedication 16 May 2000.

F-111C
67-0128
A8-128
First flight 30 July 1968, crewed by Burt and Lucas, GD Test Pilots.  Reached 48 000 feet. (The Mighty Vark )

Crashed and destroyed 2 April 1987 near Tenterfield NSW during night simulated attack. FATAL.
Killed were FLTLT Mark Fallon and FLGOFF William Pike. Callsign Falcon Sabre 1.

Marker indicating the crash site. - MEMORIAL PAGE
F-111C
67-0129
A8-129
First flight 5 August 1968, crewed by Anderson and Hiett, GD Test Pilots.  Achieved 50 000 feet and Mach 2.22.   Supersonic for 12 minutes of the 2:15 hrs flight. (The Mighty Vark CD-ROM)

82 Wing RAAF Amberley.

1st image courtesy of Lenn Bayliss

2nd image courtesy of 82nd Wing Photographic Unit

F-111C
67-0130
A8-130

82 Wing RAAF Amberley.

Images by Lenn Bayliss

F-111C
67-0131
A8-131

82 Wing RAAF Amberley.
On 18 January 1988, 6 Squadron pilot Flight Lieutenant Keith "Rocky" Logan was forced to engage the arrester hook to take the cable and minimise damage to F-111 A8-131 after its nose wheel malfunctioned on landing.

1st image by Lenn Bayliss

2nd image RAAF 82 Wing - Operation Pitch Black 2002

F-111C
67-0132
A8-132

Arrived at Amberley on 12 July 1973.
Returned to Amberley (9 June 1996) from McClellan AFB CA after undergoing AUP Flight Test.
Successfully fired Harpoon missile at Barking Sands Test Facility Hawaii (Jun 96).
Painted light gray in colour.
P109 engine change test aircraft.
82 Wing RAAF Amberley.

Was used by the Australian Research & Development Unit.
A8-132 F111 Safety chase aircraft performs a close inspection during F111 carriage trials of AIM9 and BRU33 mk82hd bombs
Date: 1 Jan 1986; Photo: WOFF Ray Bennell Unit: ARDU


F-111C
67-0133
A8-133
Crashed and destroyed 29 September 1977 after bird strike (pelican) through canopy at Evans Head Air Weapons Range NSW. Ejection unsuccessful as out of parameters. FATAL.
Killed were SQNLDR John Holt and FLTLT A.P. 'Phil' Noordink. Call sign Falcon 32.
IMAGE NEEDED
F-111C
RF-111C
67-0134
A8-134
 
See images
by Anthony Hicks
Avalon Air Show
82 Wing RAAF Amberley.Modified by 3AD to RF-111C
1st image - Lenn Bayliss; - 2nd & 3rd & 4th images - RAAF 82nd Wing
F-111C
67-0135
A8-135
82 Wing RAAF Amberley.

1st image - Date: 1/3/1992 - Commonwealth of Australia & The Depatment of Defence

2nd image - on tarmac with armament fitters loading AGM84 missiles, RAAF Amberley: 30/4/1988
Images courtesy of RAAF Base Amberley 82 Wing Photographic Unit
F-111C
67-0136
A8-136
Crashed and destroyed 28 April 1977 near Armidale NSW. Aircraft engine fire resulting from a ruptured bleed air duct. This set off the engine fire warning system but in fact burnt through the inner skin into a fuel tank.  (Brian Hampton)
Both crew survived ejection. Crew were
USAF CAPT W.H. Baker and FLTLT D.A. Clarkson.
Module at Amberley.
IMAGE NEEDED
F-111C
67-0137
A8-137
Crashed and destroyed 24 August 1979 at Ohakea New Zealand after double engine failure on takeoff due water ingestion (prior to 'chimed' nose wheel tires.).
Both crew survived ejection.
Module used in the F-111 software facility at Amberley.

Although the airframe was totally destroyed, both engines were recovered, refurbished, by the RAAF and returned to operational service.

The first refurbished engine test flight was flown by the Nav who had ejected from A8-137.  He was not informed of the significance of the the test flight until after he returned from the mission.(info Gordo).

IMAGE NEEDED
F-111C
67-0138
A8-138

82 Wing RAAF Amberley -

1st image by Steve Power

2nd image - RAAF Historical

3rd image via Adriaan de Graaff

F-111C
67-0139
A8-139
Crashed and destroyed 28 January 1986 into the sea near Moruya NSW at night during simulated attack. Crew included exchange USAF WSO. FATAL.
Killed were FLTLT Stephen M. Erskine and CAPT Gregory S. Angell. Callsign Buckshot Colt 1
IMAGE NEEDED
F-111C
67-0140
A8-140
82 Wing RAAF Amberley.
F-111C
67-0141
A8-141
Crashed and destroyed 25 October 1978 in Auckland harbor New Zealand after fire.
Both crew survived ejection.
Both crew members now 'Star' rank.
Module refitted as an AUP F-111C and used extensively for Public Relations events.

Image of salvage via Ivan Dominikovich.
F-111C
67-0142
A8-142

First production AUP aircraft. Test flew at RAAF Amberley 27 Feb 1996.
82 Wing RAAF Amberley.

1st image RAAF 82nd Wing

2nd image courtesy of Lenn Bayliss

F-111C /
RF-111C
67-0143
A8-143

82 Wing RAAF Amberley - Modified by 3AD to RF-111C.

1st image courtesy of Lenn Bayliss

2nd image courtesy of ?????

3rd image courtesy of Brian Lockett - Golletta Air & Space Museum

4th image courtesy of Glenn Alderton

F-111C
67-1044
A8-144

82 Wing RAAF Amberley.1st image courtesy of RAAF - taking part in Excersize Arhnem on the 20th May 2004

RAAF Base Williamtown

Amberley Air Show 2004

Darwin
F-111C
67-0145
A8-145
82 Wing RAAF Amberley.
F-111C /
RF-111C
67-0146
A8-146
82 Wing RAAF Amberley. Modified by 3AD to RF-111C.
1st image 82nd Wing RAAF Base Amberley
2nd image courtesy of Lenn Bayliss
F-111C
67-0147
A8-147

82 Wing RAAF Amberley.

3rd image courtesy of Brian Lockett - Golletta Air & Space Museum

F-111C
67-0148
A8-148

82 Wing RAAF Amberley.

1st image at RAAF Nowra NAFB by Tony Paton

2nd image by Lenn Bayliss

   
F-111C
RF-111C / ( D ?? )
Note that four F-111A have been modified to F-111C standard by the RAAF.
The tail numbers are A8-109 , A8-112, A8-113 and A8-114

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Thanks to Adriaan de Graaff, Paul Abadesso, Lenn Bayliss, Brian Lockett, Joe Arnold, Steve Davies, Phil Dunlop, Gordo, Steve Hyre, Jeff Hyre, Mike Kaplan,
Steve Kell, Ben Marselis,
Raymund Santos, Paul Simpson, Keith Synder,
Micheal Valcourt, Ron VanDerWarker and Jeff Zeitvogel, Ivan Dominikovich,
Steve Power.

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