BLUFThey were buried because the fuselage contained asbestos.
Brent M. Eastwood writing in 19fortyfive, makes the following points:
- Called the Aardvark/ Pig due to its long “snout.”
- 8,000-pound payload, 1,500 miles range.
- Twenty-four F-111 As began to arrive in 1963.
- G model retired in 2010.
- Thirteen aircraft to museums.
- Twenty-three fuselages to Ipswich landfill.
- Wings stabilizers and tail for scrap.
References from the Web:
- Nov 2011 F-111’s Down In The Dump-Australian Aviation
- JUN 2013 RAAF F-111 Lands at Queensland Air Museum-Warbirds News
- Jul 2020 Here’s why Australia buried 23 F-111s after the aircraft’s retirement-The Aviation Geek Club.