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Arrival of the F-111C A8-113 on Sunday, 16 June 2013
The retired Royal Australian Air Force F-111C A8-113 has a new home! It has been relocated from the RAAF Amberley to the Aviation Historic Society Museum.
Previously, the aircraft could have flown to Darwin in one hour, but instead completed the journey as a six day road trip - stopping overnight in Roma, Longreach, Mount Isa, Three Ways, and RAAF Base Tindal at Katherine before arrival in Darwin on Sunday June 16.
The road convoy with the aircraft on a low loader with wings and tail transported separately, stopped at selected towns along the way to allow for public inspection.
The F-111 fleet was retired by the Royal Australian Air Force during December 2010 after 37 years of service.
It is historically significant as it took part in the last bombing raid in Vietnam while it was in United States Air Force livery.
A8-113 has been repainted at in its original South East Asia camouflage with 1 Squadron markings on the port side and 6 Squadron on the starboard side.
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The Australian Aviation Heritage Centre is one of the major aviation museums in Australia. The Centre has an impressive presentation of aircraft and displays depicting the Territory’s involvement in aviation, both civil and military, from the early pioneers and record breakers through World War II and the jet age. For entrance charges and where we are, click here.
There are two major displays. One is a massive B-52 bomber on permanent loan from the United States Air Force and is one of only two on public display in the world outside the USA. The other major display is the F-111, one of six F-111 aircraft which is on loan to qualified civilian historical societies and aviation museums.
The Centre is approximately 8 kilometers from the city and was opened in 1990 in a purpose built facility constructed by the Northern Territory Government and is the largest single span building in the Northern Territory.
The Centre is managed by the honorary members of the Aviation Historical Society and provides a major tourist attraction in the Top End of Australia. It is unique in that it is located where fierce air combat took place overhead during World War II. The Top End of Australia sustained over 60 Japanese air raids during 1942 and 1943.
An admission fee is charged as the Centre is self funding through admissions and sales from the Souvenir shop, however, discounts are offered to pensioners, children, families and groups. Aviation videos are screened continuously.
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