The Albion Parks Girls and Boys Squadron of the Australian Air League meet weekly at the HARS Hangar, Illawarra Regional Airport and now they are lucky enough to share this space with the presence of the last F111C in the world to fly.
F-111C-A8-109 took part in a flying display at the F-111 retirement ceremony at the Amberley Air Force Base in Queensland on 3/12/2010. The aircraft performed the final F-111 take off, with final engine shutdown at 13:42; it became the world's last operational F-111 in the world.
Designated A8-109, the aircraft departed the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley at 02:00 April 6th, 2013. The aircraft travelled under convoy and travelled more than 1100km over three days, stopping through regional NSW at towns including Goondiwindi, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Muswellbrook and Beresfield, as well as the Sydney suburb of Ingleburn. A8-109 arrived at the HARS Hangar 05:00 April 8th, 2013 and was welcomed with a ceremony held by the Albion Park Girls & Boys Squadron.
This aircraft will be on display at the Wings Over Illawarra Air Show on Sunday 5th May 2013. The Albion Park Squadron will be on display promoting the Australian Air League & hope to see our fellow cadets on the day. For more information please see your OC or click on the Wings link.
The History of F111C-A8-109 (Ex-USAF 67-109)
- Delivery date to the USAF was 15/07/69, by General Dynamics
- Assigned to the 430th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base Nevada.
- Served in Vietnam (CONSTANT GUARD V) but not in original 48 ship cadre.
- Deployed to Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand as avionics TFR test aircraft 8 December 1972, program under the direction of General Catledge.
- OT&E program 72a-1820 started 11/12/72 and completed 19/12/72. 12-15 December flew with a chase plane which took a well published photo from its Strike Camera of 67-109 flying up over a karst.
- 67-109 did fly limited number of combat missions in the Vietnam War, while assigned to the 347th TFW "tail code HG " at Takhli. Returned to the 474th at Nellis AFB NM.
- Transferred from Nellis AFB 474th TFW to Mountain Home AFB 366th TFW during Operation READY SWITCH in 1977. [ex NA/474th TFW October 1975; MO/366th TFW October 1978. Assigned to the 390th TFS "boars" "green section".
- Ex-USAF 67-109, purchased by RAAF in 1982 and modified to F-111C status. F-111A modified to F-111C.
- Delivered to RAAF,20/8/82. Updated to AUP configuration.
- Took part in the Red Flag Exercise in the USA during 2002, where the RAAF F-111s had a serviceability rate of 100%
- 3/12/2010, aircraft performed the final F-111 take off, with final engine shutdown at 13:42; it became the world's last operational F-111 in the world.
- Aircraft departs the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley April 6th, 2013, arrives under convoy at the HARS Hanger and home of the Albion Park Squadron, Australian Air League, April 8th, 2013. Aircraft placed into preservation & under static display.
Thanks to Bob de la Hunty and the staff at HARS for the wonderful opportunity for the cadets.
Corporal Preston Holman joined the Albion Park Squadron of the Australian Air League on the 28th September 2008 at age 8 years of age. Preston is a keen young aviator and hopes to secure a future in the Australian Civilian Aviation Industry. When old enough Preston will start training as a student pilot with the Australian Air League to obtain his PPL and depending upon industry requirements may extent his studies into a CPL position. Preston hopes to one day sit behind the stick of a Vought F4U Corsair.
Corporal Holman is pictured in the Pilot seat of the F111 attached is an individual photo of him.
Corporal Holman was awarded Squadron Cadet of the year for 2012.