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March 17, 2011
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Skills in Reserve
Public Pig tribute
CPL Aaron Curran
THE first F-111 to be on public display
since its retirement is sitting proudly
alongside other aircraft at RAAF Base
Point Cook as the centrepiece of a new
exhibit at the RAAF Museum.
The exhibit was opened just before
the Australian International Airshow
at Avalon, in time to impress the large
number of visitors that the museum
usually receives during the biennial
Museum Director David Gardner
said the new exhibit was a living dis-
play, showing the progression to the
mighty Pig from the aircraft that pre-
"Instead of just putting the F-111
on display like a monument or memo-
rial, we wanted to tell the story of the
aircraft," he said.
"So we made it a living display
with the forerunners to the F-111
being placed alongside it in the hang-
ar."Those three aircraft are the
Canberra, F-4E Phantom and a por-
tion of a Lincoln bomber; each one
telling a story of the one that followed
"We were able to give the F-111
the context we want and to explain
why we got it and where it came
from," Mr Gardner said.
"I was quite excited about it. As
with all exhibitions at the museum,
it was a team effort involving tech-
nicians, general curatorial staff, reg-
istration staff and volunteers. They
ensured the project was open on time
and the result was professional."
He said internally the hangar
selected for the display required con-
siderable renovations to give that pro-
fessional appearance required of all
"That included painting of the
internal walls and floor, adjustments
to the lights and entry and exit, and
the construction of a glassed public
"The public viewing area also con-
tains display cases to house stories
and small items of technical equip-
ment related to the aircraft."
Mr Gardner said the feedback had
been exceptional from both service
personnel and the general public who
have seen the exhibit.
"It adds another dimension to the
story of the Air Force," he said.
"It projects our strike force from
the 1950s through to the present day
in a way the roles of the aircraft can
be understood by the visitors. It is
a great addition to an already popu-
lar tourist attraction in the west of
PRIDE: Museum volunteers Barry
MacLean, left, and Peter Tyers at
the new exhibition.
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
HISTORY: From left, the Canberra,
Phantom and F-111 on display
together for the first time.
Photo: Maurice Austin
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