F-111 Wings Arrive at Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome

Wings for the Iconic RAAF F-111 arrived this morning 4 August 2013 at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome

Wings for the Iconic RAAF F-111 arrived this morning 4 August 2013 by truck and with escort at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome

It was an exciting morning with the wings for the F-111 A8-147 arriving at the State Heritage Listed Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome. Quite a number of onlookers were on hand to watch the large semi with boxed wings on board manoeuvre into position on the apron in preparation for tomorrow’s arrival of the fuselage and crane.

Semi enters the apron area of the aerodrome in preparation for tomorrow's arrival of the rest of the aircraft. The semi had two escorts from RAAF Base Amberley

Semi enters the apron area of the aerodrome in preparation for tomorrow’s arrival of the rest of the aircraft. The semi had two escorts from RAAF Base Amberley

The crane will lift the wings and fuselage off the trucks and put them in position for assembly of the aircraft over the coming week.

The refit of the historic Bellman Hangar is in its final stages with the ‘faux doors’ on the southern side now completed and the northern doors to lock-up.   A 24 hours security system has been installed.

Faux doors on the southern side now complete....looks like the original but the doors don't open.  The panels are fixed in place permanently

Faux doors on the southern side now complete….looks like the original but the doors don’t open. The panels are fixed in place permanently

Northern doors on final fit, a mighty job.  These doors will be open for access for the F-111 A8-147

Northern doors on final fit, a mighty job. These doors will be open for access for the F-111 A8-147

The Bellman is now starting to look finished.

Bellman to lockup stage.  Internal fittings being finalised.

Bellman to lockup stage. Internal fittings being finalised.

Bellman Hangar on left and truck with wings on right waiting to be unloaded

Bellman Hangar on left and truck with wings on right waiting to be unloaded

So it was smiles and thumbs up all round today at the Aerodrome as the F-111 and Hangar restoration project nears completion.

Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee President Richard Gates with former RAAF Range Safety Officer John Saunders give the thumbs up for the F-111. Only one more sleep until the rest arrives.   The Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee prepared the successful application for State Heritage Listing of the Memorial Aerodrome.

Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee President Richard Gates (L) with former RAAF Range Safety Officer  and Vice President John Saunders give the thumbs up for the F-111. Only one more sleep until the rest of the aircraft arrives.  The Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee prepared the successful application for State Heritage Listing of the Memorial Aerodrome in 2002.  A subsequent Plan of Management for the Aerodrome in 2005 included plans for restoration of the one remaining Bellman Hangar.  It has been a long time in coming!

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