F-111 Deseal/Reseal

Between 1974 and 2000, the Royal Australian Air Force undertook a series of formal Deseal/Reseal (DSRS) programs, alongside informal repair activities, to correct fuel leaks inside the fuel tanks of F-111 aircraft. A number of concerns were raised about health outcomes in personnel who worked on these programs and associated activities. The repair work was suspended in 2000, and a series of inquiries and health studies followed.

For information and resources on the medical and compensation arrangements for F-111 fuel tank maintenance workers and their families, please visit the joint Defence and Department of Veterans Affairs F-111 fuel tank maintenance website.

The Mortality and Cancer Incidence Study (MCIS) report presents the findings of the fourth iteration of a series of studies on mortality and cancer incidence of F-111 DSRS personnel. 


F-111 Deseal/Reseal JFES molecular studies (PDF 4.44 MB) F111 Deseal/Reseal JFES fact sheet (PDF 27.2 KB) F111 Deseal/Reseal JFES study summary (PDF 34.87 KB) F111 Deseal/Reseal report of the board - volume 1 (PDF 2.34 MB) F111 Deseal/Reseal report of the board - volume 2 (PDF 6.2 MB) F-111 Deseal/Reseal Board of Inquiry closing address (PDF 1.11 MB)

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