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03 December 2010
F-111s farewelled after 37 years of service

The retirement of the F-111 fleet marks a significant milestone in the history of Australian military aviation. The long range strike bombers have supported Australia’s national security by providing a potent strategic deterrent.

Since their introduction in 1973, the F-111s have undergone numerous airframe, engine, weapons and avionics upgrades. The aircraft could fly at two and a half times the speed of sound at high altitude, or at supersonic speeds at low levels, using its terrain-following capabilities to avoid detection.