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The Federal Government will honour
the contribution of the F-111 to the
nation’s security with two of the aircraft
becoming permanent displays at RAAF
Minister for Defence Materiel and
Science, Greg Combet, said one F-111C
will be placed on permanent display
near the front gate of RAAF Amberley
and another will be provided to the
Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre
inside the base.
“ The F-111s have been a crucial part
of Air Force’s air combat capability for
nearly four decades,” Mr Combet said.
“It is fitting that we honour the aircraft
and those who flew and maintained
them with a display at Amberley, which
has always been the home of Australia’s
Mr Combet said the F-111C at
Amberley’s front gate would become a
local tourist attraction, drawing visitors
and military enthusiasts to the base.
“ The first ever F-111 strike fighters to be
bought by Australia were delivered to
Amberley on June 1, 1973,” he said.
“It’s appropriate that two remain at
Amberley for future generations of Air
Force personnel, the local community
The RAAF Museum in Point Cook,
Victoria, will also become home to a
Another F-111C will be offered for sale
by tender for use as static display.
The Federal Government plans to
retire the F-111 fleet in December 2010.
Retired F-111 to be honoured
with permanent displays
The refurbished and extended medical
centre at RAAF Base Amberley brings
together a number of health support
elements from around the base in one
The extensions include a Dental wing,
a deployment assembly and storage
area, and a new physiotherapy wing
with hydrotherapy pool.
Hospital redevelopment project
manager, Justin Gordon from Thinc
Constructions said the redeployment
work was very challenging.
“ The development required complex
relocations because the work had
to be done while the hospital was
operational,” he said.
“We had to stagger the complex
relocations throughout the building
The refurbishment also includes new
emergency and outpatient areas, a new
car park, an extended inpatient area
and drought tolerant landscaping.
The original hospital was opened in
the mid 1990s.
Above: Justin Gordon, Project Manager Thinc
Constructions with SGT Anthony McLane, 1EHS
outside the redeveloped RAAF Base Amberley
Below: Geoff Crowley, Senior Physiotherapist at
the RAAF Base Amberley hospital near the new
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