F-111 A8-147 arrives by low-loader on the 5th of August 2013 and is prepared for unloading on the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Apron to the north of the now restored Bellman Hangar
A large crane was used to lift the fuselage of the F-111 of the low-loader then the truck was driven away leaving the F-111 suspended in the air…..probably for the last time! There was no stuffing around. It all happened very quickly. The RAAF team assembled to do the job really demonstrated an integrated team performance. It was impressive to watch.
The fuselage was lifted off the truck and lowered onto the apron.
Touchdown….but without a tail or wings
The F-111 was then put away in its new home, the last of the Bellman Hangars at this historic World War II aerodrome. Wings to be put on tomorrow.
The next day, Tuesday the 6th saw the wings and tail structures fitted at an amazing speed.
By mid-morning the wings had been fitted. F-111s are ‘swing-wing’ aircraft with capacity to change the position of the wing even in flight to maximise performance
And then the tail sections were fitted in rapid order with the ‘fin’ first without the rudder which was fitted on Wednesday
The tail fin was taken out of its travelling crate and taken by crane to be fitted on the fuselage
The tail fin is put in position and then bolted down. Thank god there was no strong wind!
Then the rest of the tail was fitted and……
Voila, an almost complete F-111 without the rudder….impressive eh!
Then it was parked back in its new home for another night
Getting ready for bed in its new home. Lights out soon!
Lights still not out but can’t be far away. It’s been a big day for a 22.23 metre long aircraft