U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, Hawaii Senator Mark Takai, RAAF Air Marshal Geoffrey Brown, USAF General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, and Australian Consul-General Scott Dewar were just a few of the military officers, pilots, and dignitaries who attended Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s formal acceptance ceremony today, November 23, 2013, for the General Dynamics F-111C jet gifted to the Museum from the Royal Australian Air Force.
The 4:00 p.m. ceremony took place in Hangar 79 at the Museum on Historic Ford Island. A reception followed from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Over 200 people attended the private event. Kahu Kordell Kekoa of Kamehameha Schools officiated at the blessing.
The pilot name on the fuselage of the aircraft was unveiled as Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoffrey Brown, who was in attendance.
The exterior is an exact livery of the paint scheme and markings as delivered from General Dynamics to the Royal Australian Air Force in 1973. The F-111C joins the Museum’s growing collection of 45+ historic aircraft.
“We’re proud and honored to receive such a gift from the Royal Australian Air Force,” said Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff. “We will display it for the world to see and enjoy.”
The F-111C (Australian serial number A8-130) was Australia’s principal strike aircraft from 1973 through 2010 and was affectionately known there as the Pig due to its ability to “hunt” at night with the nose of the aircraft close to the ground. With the United States Air Force it saw combat in Vietnam and participated in the bombing raids of Operation Desert Storm. The outright gift of the F-111 to the Museum is a reminder of the F-111’s shared service between Australia and the United States.
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