F-111 Official Handover to Fighter World

Filed under News ~ by Press on  31 Jul 2013

The Commander of RAAF Williamtown Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Tony Grady, will officially hand over F-111C A8-148 on loan to Fighter World on behalf of the RAAF on Monday 5 August 2013 at 11am.

The handover ceremony will take place in the Fighter World Display Hangar at 49 Medowie Road Williamtown. Local members of state and federal parliament have been invited.

The iconic F-111C aircraft was finally delivered to Fighter World on the 5 May after months of negotiations, contractual obligations and extensive paperwork had been completed. Fighter World is proud to have this great aircraft with its unique record in Australia’s military aviation history as the latest addition to join the display of famous fighter aircraft at Fighter World.

This 22 tonne aircraft capable of more than 2.4 times the speed of sound and carrying more than 20 tonnes of bombs has amazed Fighter World visitors since being placed on display.

Bearing the tail number A8-148, Fighter World’s F-111C was delivered to the RAAF, after flying from the USA in December 1973 and served for 37 years and flew more than 7,600 hours.

It is famous for being one of two F-111s used to sink the North Korean freighter Pong Su. The Pong Su was intercepted near Port Stephens after importing heroin into Australia. Following the arrest of the crew and the confiscation of the ship it was sunk as target practice by two 2,000lb laser guided bombs, one of which was dropped from A8-148.

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