Why did Australia retire the F-111?

Why did Australia retire the F-111?

Despite this, by the 2000s the F-111Cs were becoming outdated and expensive to maintain, leading to a decision to retire them in 2010 rather than 2020 as originally planned.

Why were F-111s buried?

Separately, Australian media reported that 23 F-111s were buried in a landfill near the Australian town of Ipswich. The decision to dispose of the aircraft in this manner incurred the displeasure of the nation’s aviation enthusiasts.

How many F 18s are there?

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet

F/A-18 Hornet
Retired 2019 (Hornet, USN) 2021 (RAAF)
Status In service
Primary users United States Navy (historical) United States Marine Corps Royal Australian Air Force (historical) Spanish Air Force
Number built F/A-18A/B/C/D: 1,480

Did the F-111 have a gun?

Armament. The F-111 fighter is armed with air-to-surface ordnance for the long-range attack. The internal weapons bay under the fuselage could include various weapons. The tactical combat variants, excluding the EF-111A or FB-111A/F-111G, could carry a M61 Vulcan 20mm cannon with a 2,084 round ammunition tank.


The F-111 was a multipurpose tactical fighter bomber capable of supersonic speeds. The aircraft was one of the more controversial aircraft ever to fly, yet it achieved one of the safest operational records of any aircraft in USAF history and became a highly effective all-weather interdiction aircraft.

Where are F 18s built?

All F-18D were built at St. Louis, and then all F-18C were assembled in Finland. Delivery of the aircraft started in November 1995 and ended in August 2000. The Hornet replaced the MiG-21bis and Saab 35 Draken in Finnish service.

What replaced the F-18?

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which has operated the F/A-18A as its main fighter since 1984, ordered the F/A-18F in 2007 to replace its aging General Dynamics F-111C fleet. RAAF Super Hornets entered service in December 2010….Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
Variants Boeing EA-18G Growler

How many F-111s were destroyed in Australia?

Eight of the RAAF’s F-111s (seven F-111Cs and one F-111G) were destroyed in crashes during the type’s service, with ten airmen being killed. Following the F-111s’ retirement, 13 of the surviving aircraft (12 F-111Cs and a single F-111G) were preserved in aviation museums and RAAF air bases.

When did the Australian Air Force get the F-111?

The Australian government ordered 24 F-111C aircraft to replace the RAAF’s English Electric Canberras in the bombing and tactical strike role. While the first aircraft was officially handed over in September 1968, structural issues delayed the entry into service. The first F-111C was accepted at Nellis Air Force Base on 15 March 1973.

What happened to the British F-111 strike aircraft?

The British government canceled the BAC TSR-2 strike aircraft in 1965, citing the lower costs for the TFX and ordered 50 F-111K aircraft in February 1967 for the Royal Air Force. The F-111K was to be supplemented later by the Anglo-French Variable Geometry Aircraft then under development.

How many F-111s are still flying?

The RAAF had operated the F-111 since 1973. Following the F-111s’ retirement, 13 of the surviving aircraft (12 F-111Cs and a single F-111G) were preserved in aviation museums and RAAF air bases.

Begin typing your search term above and press enter to search. Press ESC to cancel.

Back To Top