In April VWD reported that the last of the Bellman Hangars at the State Heritage Listed Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome was being restored and would soon become home to the one remaining F-111 of six being loaned out to various museums around Australia by Defence.
In that picture story the hangar had been taken down for sand-blasting and repainting before being put back up again. Some parts which were beyond recovery were replaced with similar or identical parts from the former Council Works Depot Bellman Hangar which was dismantled by Council in 2010 (see below).
Here are some examples of the state of the hangar before recovery.
Once the frame was reassembled the building was given new cladding and lighting and side wall translucent panels.
The transformation from old to new was remarkable.
The doors have now been rehung and the re-cladding has started. Won’t be long before the hangar is to lock-up stage in time for the F-111’s arrival by trucks at Evans Head on 5 August. Hurray.
The floor has also been redone.
The F-111’s coming on three low-loaders. It’s that big. And there will be an opportunity to sit in the cockpit once it’s put together again. But sadly you won’t be able to take it for a spin. Its flying days as a versatile fighter-bomber reconnaissance aircraft are over.