The strike and reconnaissance hangar interprets aircraft that were pivotal to the Air Force capability post World War II.
Reconnaissance and aerial photography has always had a close relationship with strike aircraft, generally due to the need for accurate and immediate targeting information and the speed and distance capabilities of the aircraft.
This hangar presents four platforms, all of which are examples of the aircraft that held a strike or reconnaissance role for the Air Force:
- Lincoln A73-64, which was lost with its crew and passengers at Mt Superbus in 1955
- Canberra A84-236 ex No 2 Squadron
- the F-4E Phantom representing 69-7208 that flew the last RAAF Phantom mission
- and The Boneyard Wrangler, F-111 A8-272.
The Lincoln aircraft was the last of the large, heavy payload, piston-engined bombers and was replaced by the Canberra aircraft, the Air Force's first jet bomber which was almost untouchable as one of the fastest and highest flying aircraft in its day.
The F-4E Phantom introduced the Air Force to a new generation of strike bombers until the introduction of the F-111, which excelled for 37 years as the most advanced ‘swing wing’ bomber.