Australian Defence Force – F111 Disposal
The Australian F111 fleet, based at Amberly Air Base in Queensland, was grounded and taken out of service in December 2010, after about 40 years.
As a result of a long and successful association with the Australian Defence Force, Birdon was awarded the contract to dispose of 23 of the iconic air craft, with the remainder assigned to preservation in military museums throughout Australia.
The disposal was completed on time and on budget.
Personnel from Birdon Port Macquarie established a temporary work shop and dismantling facility within the Amberly Air Base where the dis-assembly took place.
The Australian Defence Force transition from F111 to F/A 18F Super Hornets
The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet gives Australia an upgraded air combat capability for both air-to-air and air-to-ground mission until the full introduction into service of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
Twenty-four Super Hornets have replaced the F-111 at Nos 1 and 6 Squadrons at RAAF Base Amberly.
The Super Hornets are larger than the classic model with many detail improvements.
The aircraft’s increased wing area allows them to carry more stores further on their extra hard points.
They are most easily recognized by their rectangular engine air takes.