Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby Jonesy on Tue 07 Dec 2010, 6:00 pm

It's kind of sad knowing that the F-111 isn't around anymore. I'm glad I managed to get a few shots of it during its twilight years with the RAAF.

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Let's make this a tribute to the F-111 whether it be USAF or RAAF, so let's see your shots. I'll kick off with an Upper Heyford F-111E at RAF Brawdy airshow in the early 80's.

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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby Rocketdrvr on Tue 07 Dec 2010, 6:55 pm

Excellent selection of great shots. Its a sad day indeed when aircraft we all admired in our youth are slipping away to the 'ole retirement revetment.

Can you post more, please!

Cheers,

Michael - Rocketdrvr
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby Alpha462 on Tue 07 Dec 2010, 7:11 pm

Did the airframes find homes anywhere, or did they all stay in Oz?
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby Father Ted on Tue 07 Dec 2010, 7:12 pm

:clap:


Love them !!

2 ,7 and 8 are superb for me , but all are lovely!
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby Shocman on Tue 07 Dec 2010, 7:32 pm

Hi Jonesy wonderful set of this incredible airplane.
According to my information that I have, just four aircraft will be preserved, plus one more in RAAF Museum in Point Cook. The 17 remanent aircrafts will scrapped. Is very sad for me I never saw this plane by myself...

Greetings from Chile!!!

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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby MOD on Tue 07 Dec 2010, 7:46 pm

Jonesy great shots of the Aussie 'Varks.. The F-111 was a great aircraft.

The earliest shots here are from the 1981 display when the Thunderbirds arrived for their first UK display with the F16. Their display was such an anti-climax, after all the hype - but that's another story.

Again apologies for the quality as at this time I was using a Practika with Sigma lenses..

4 ship from the '81 show
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5 ship but with 2 Ravens
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My worst shot of a Raven landing
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F-111E 20th TFW
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Aussie Torching. This was in front of HM The Queen, but I can't remember where!!
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Some static shots. Head on they just look evil!!
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They used to carry some impressive nose art. UH Families day mid 80s.Heartbreaker F-111E 55th TFS
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The other Woman by Thomas McNeill. The crew chief's wife used to give him stick and referred to his a/c as The Other Woman
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007. The markings were toned down as originally she carried 'Licence to Kill' and a Beretta silhouette but the brass were afraid of the 'Peace' camp idiots and changed it. It also really did appear in a Bond film.
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F-111E at Fairford
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby st24 on Tue 07 Dec 2010, 8:33 pm

We've had quite a few 'vark threads over the years, but now the reason to post is soo sad... :sad:
A massive favourite of mine, so long bud..

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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby Rob666 on Tue 07 Dec 2010, 9:55 pm

So Sad almost did not want to open the post, some great pictures. Going to have to get a scanner and get my slides from UH scanned.
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby chally2 on Wed 08 Dec 2010, 6:35 pm

Class set Neil :clap:

Some classic old snaps as well, just makes me sad i have no idea where my Upper Heyford snaps went from years ago......
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby SPLAT on Wed 08 Dec 2010, 8:01 pm

What year did the Lakenheath birds do thier three ship flypast in dif configurations and the Eagles arrived?
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby alhenderson on Thu 09 Dec 2010, 8:56 am

A few I found on my Flickr account:

IAT 91:
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and again:
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UH families day 1992:
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The Chief, also UH families day 1992:
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Provide Comfort nose art:
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Raven from Canon AFB:
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No Aussie ones, unfortunately :-(

Al.
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby F-86 on Thu 09 Dec 2010, 6:47 pm

SPLAT wrote:What year did the Lakenheath birds do thier three ship flypast in dif configurations and the Eagles arrived?

The year was 92.
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby Unknown74 on Thu 09 Dec 2010, 6:58 pm

The James Bond the F-111s appeared in was Octopussy. Upper Heyford was standing in for a German US Air Base where Octopussys Circus had a very sinister side - a bomb planted by the Films Villain.
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby Darren Currie on Fri 10 Dec 2010, 5:16 pm

A couple from me - great tribute to one of the best aircraft ever!

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Cheers and look forward to seeing others!
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby TomG on Fri 10 Dec 2010, 7:16 pm

FB-111A, Nellis AFB, Feb 1983:

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Cannon AFB F-111D, Boscombe Down June 1992:

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Upper Heyford F-111E's, Lossiemouth 1993:

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Cheers, Tom
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby Blackbird on Fri 10 Dec 2010, 10:07 pm

A few of mine
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Andy :smile:
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby Takamota on Wed 15 Dec 2010, 10:07 am

Nice set neil. But what about the one in your living room?

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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby st24 on Mon 20 Dec 2010, 1:41 pm

Right, now the posts of that silly little jump jet have died down, lets have a few more of a proper aeroplane! :grin: :wink:

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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby beefer on Mon 20 Dec 2010, 2:43 pm

A couple from Mildenhall 92 with the F-15EImage Image Boscombe Down 92 Image AMARC 1999Image
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby Pieter on Mon 20 Dec 2010, 10:42 pm

FB-111A at Waddington
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F-111C at Nellis
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F-111D at Lakenheath
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Regards,

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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby hydealfred on Mon 20 Dec 2010, 11:12 pm

Some scanned shots of Cannon AFB F-111's at Boscombe Down (not sure of the year)

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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby T_J on Thu 23 Dec 2010, 2:43 pm

Great images, guys! The F-111 was always a favourite of mine. Many memories of seeing them low level in Scotland as a teenager.

As well as appearing in a Bond movie they also appeared in The Fourth Protocol (1987).

Here is Pierce Brosnan checking out the serials from 09:00 onwards.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNAifbSpvSo

TJ
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Re: Farewell F-111 - You'll be missed.

Postby shaggie on Thu 23 Dec 2010, 9:49 pm

A couple of lucky days in 2007 i think ,i will sort a few older ones out too soon !!
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