News, Acquisitions and Movements
The RAAF Museum's Strike/Recce Hangar is now open
Visitors can now view the F-111G 'Boneyard Wrangler', Canberra Bomber, F-4E Phantom and part of the tailplane from Lincoln bomber on display under the one roof.
These aircraft highlight some of the key developments in RAAF strike capability and the evolution to multi-role designs. The Lincoln aircraft was the last of the large, heavy payload, piston-engined bombers. It was replaced by the Canberra aircraft, the RAAF's first jet bomber and almost untouchable as one of the fastest and highest flying aircraft in its day. The F-4E Phantom introduced the RAAF to a new generation of strike bombers until the introduction of the F-111 which excelled for 37 years as the RAAF's most advanced 'swing wing' bomber.
Trident Mk 6 ARFF
In October 2010, the RAAF Museum acquired a Trident Mk 6 Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Truck (ARFF). This vehicle will join the RAAF Heritage Collection and add to a wide variety of support vehicles held by the RAAF Museum, representing another important facet of Air Force operations. The RAAF Trident fleet has recently reached the end of its planned serviceable life, which saw 14 vehicles primarily used to support flying operations at RAAF Bases Williamtown, Amberley, Richmond and Tindal. In addition to a crew of four, the Trident carries 5600 litres of water, 900 litres of foam and a variety of related aircraft rescue equipment. The Trident fleet has been replaced in RAAF Service by a fleet of 16 Truck Fire Airfield (TFA) Panther vehicles.
General Dynamics F-111C A8-125
Following the retirement of the RAAF's last F-111C aircraft in December 2010, the RAAF Museum is proud to receive F-111C A8-125 into the RAAF Heritage Collection. This aircraft is the first of the RAAF's F-111C aircraft received in 1973, and performed the final landing of the type in Australian service on 9 December 2010. Since arriving at Point Cook in May, A8-125 has been re-assembled by a team from RAAF Amberley, and is currently in storage. F-111G A8-272 is on display at Point Cook in the Strike/Recce Hangar display.back to top