DEFENCE MEDIA ALERT
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
F-111 FLYPAST TO MARK AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE ACADEMY GRADUATION PARADE
WHAT: Flypast by an F-111 strike aircraft during the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Graduation Parade.
WHERE: ADFA, Northcott Drive, Canberra ACT.
WHEN: 10:20am Thursday, 10 December 2009.
An F-111 strike aircraft from Number 6 Squadron, will fly over the Australian Defence Force Academy on Thursday, 10 December 2009, as young graduating officers from Navy, Army and Air Force participate in their final Academy parade before continuing on the next stage of their military careers.
The aircraft will approach ADFA from the east at a height of 500 feet, and will pass over the Graduation Parade at 10:20am, local time.
F-111s will be retired from the Royal Australian Air Force in December 2010 when their replacement – the F/A-18F Super Hornet – becomes operational.
Hope they get the full treatment:
The F-111 has never really been considered a “great” plane, and it had its share of problems over the years. And though the USAF has other options that can perform the missions that the Aardvark used to, I’ve always thought the F-111 was a perfect fit for Australia and don’t see how F-18s, with a far smaller combat radius, can really fill its shoes Down Under.