Minister for Defence Materiel – Iconic F-111 fighter jets seek new homes

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today released the Request for Offer (RFO) for up to seven retired F-111 fighter jets that will be made available on loan to Australian aircraft museums and other historical organisations.

Mr Clare announced in September that up to seven F-111s will be made available on loan to Australian aircraft museums and other historical organisations.

The release of the Request for Offer is the next step in that process.

“Following their retirement in December last year, aircraft museums and historical organisations around the country contacted me expressing strong interest in displaying the F-111,” Mr Clare said.

“We are offering these iconic aircraft for loan so as many Australians as possible can see the supersonic long range F-111Cs that protected Australian skies for nearly four decades.”

The aircraft will be loaned to museums so that Defence can continue to manage the risk of hazardous material in the aircraft like asbestos and will be subject to a number of conditions to ensure the safe preservation of the aircraft.

These conditions include:

  • Housing the aircraft in a completely enclosed facility;
  • Ensuring members of the public are prevented from climbing into engine intakes and exhaust ducts;
  • Limiting, controlling and supervising public access to the cockpit;
  • Preventing the public from opening aircraft panels;
  • Supervising public access to the wheel well and weapons bays;
  • Completing specified preservation maintenance; and
  • Meeting Commonwealth auditing and reporting requirements.

As the aircraft were produced in the United States, organisations selected to display the aircraft will be subject to the approval of the US Government under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

The Request for Offer information will be available through the AUSTENDER website tenders.gov.au with reference DMOASD/Other175/2011.

The Request for Offer will close on 28 March 2012. The RFO documentation required to respond to the RFO can only be obtained by emailing F-111Loan.RFO@defence.gov.au .

Queries relating to the RFO documentation and process should be directed to the RFO Contact Officer on email: F-111Loan.RFO@defence.gov.au or phone: 07 5361 8124.

F-111 aircraft will also be preserved at the following RAAF Bases across Australia:

  • RAAF Base Amberley, QLD (two aircraft);
  • RAAF Museum at Point Cook, VIC (two aircraft);
  • RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA (one aircraft); and
  • RAAF Base Wagga, NSW (one aircraft).

Imagery is available at http://images.defence.gov.au/fotoweb/Grid.fwx?archiveId=5003=&search=11120845

Media contact: Korena Flanagan – 02 6277 7620

 

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