The last farewell

F-111 flyby today over Brisbane.

Nice and low (not cropped).

View all photos taken: Friday, 3rd December 2010, This photo: 12:08pm

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  • Phil Rettke Photography said:
    Sweet!! Closer than I got today.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Looks a little dark David... dam sky.
  • twenty90seven said:
    Good one! I saw them from my office but they were a bit of a distance away - not directly over the city.
  • mce_30 said:
    Nice formation! This aircraft will be missed!
  • P de G 1952 said:
    The end of an era never to be repeated. Not bad for an aircraft that is 43 years old.
    They will be missed.
  • teejaybee said:
    Nice one, Dave. Heard this all over the radio all day...
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Flew directly over our building Phil.
    [] Yeah combination of dark sky, low-vis paint, and having to shoot through a thick glass window. :(
    [] Still good to see though.
    [] Indeed!
    [] Yep, shame to see them go.
    [] Yeah been the talk of the town for a few days now.
  • Unrelated Patterns said:
    I love the contrails! What branch of military were these used for?
  • James Lagden said:
    Was a terrible fly by in the city. They went west to east and were gone. They could have taken a similar fly by to riverfire.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force). This was their last flight before being decommissioned.
    [] Yeah I was expecting them to go up the river. As it was they flew directly over our building, but still, up the river would have been nice.
  • beachut (John) said:
    Nice one Mate, I knew you would be out there...
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Well I was actually at work and would have preferred to have been out at the base.
  • neilsmclean said:
    nice photo.
    Yes David it was very good on the base. They didn't stop anyone from entering. Yes it was a pity about the sky being so white but it was great anyway.
  • looby88 said:
    Dont know about this plane but in the UK we have just taken our Ark Royal aircraft carrier out of service plus our Harrier jump jets, not really an aircraft fan but I thought the Harrier was amazing, and its silly to let them go. Signs of the times and a need to save money, still silly.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] If I'd known they we're opening the base earlier, I could have organised to have the day off. Oh well.
    [] Didn't hear about the Harrier's getting the chop. Bummer - but then they are almost as old as the F-111's are.
  • looby88 said:
    we've had a ship called the Ark Royal since the late 1500's I believe the first was involved against the Spanish armada, dont think it had any planes though !
    Yep the harriers are old but unique I believe, vertical take off and landing if needs be, okay we have helicopters now but a flying egg whisk isnt the same is it !
    Just been reading that a museum is trying to get one of your F-111's but cannot afford the million$ pricetag, we still have some spitfires flying and one Lancaster bomber, lovingly cared for and flown on all those special occasions, quite like to see the Lancaster even though my grandad, a flight engineer died over Germany in one, I'm not old enough to have known him- obviously !
  • David de Groot said:
    [] I've seem the harriers at a couple of air-shows out here, and yes, they are indeed impressive. And yes, a helicopter is a poor comparison.
    As for the ship, we don't even have a single Aircraft carrier as far as I know. I guess what's more disturbing is the combining of the French and British Navies!
  • looby88 said:
    Lol I know, its dire, we have a long history of being at war of some sort or other with the French, okay not for awhile but still- these things are not forgotten !!!!!! Can you imagine taking it in turn to use an aircraft carrier, " its our turn this week " are they going to take it turns or share crews, mixed crews even, meal times could become another battle field in its own right , none of those frog legs, snails 'ere thankyou, we're British !!!!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] "Oui Oui! What are these "Boiled vegetables" you are serving us! We are French!" ;-)
    Mind you, your Navy has been a bit of a worry ever since they started using Windows to control their warships.
  • looby88 said:
    aah zee British cuisine is a lot different nowadays you know, it seems a lot of people open jars, or stuff things in the microwave and yet our tvs are constantly under siege from chefs and cookery programmes. I dont know, I like my veggies raw or steamed personally and never, ever boiled with salt until a soggy mess, having said that its probably now time most brits got their brussel sprouts on to cook for xmas day.....
    I'm kidding, and have any of our Navy run aground on Australia yet ? I think there may have been the odd mishap with a sub or 2 but what do you expect, they cant see where they are windows, ( in the other sense of the word ) I mean thats just daft !!!
    What does everyone else use, hang on its bound to be on wikileaks.......
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Oh I dare say boiled veg aren't top of the list anymore (ewww why were they ever?). Steamed is how I do mine, much more flavour.
    Generally most of those control systems were custom built from the ground up. Consequently they did exactly what was needed and nothing more. It also meant that theoretically, the code could be verified and proven (not sure if they ever bothered to do so though). Whereas Windows is as full of holes as it's name suggests and has no business being in control of a vessel capable of firing nuclear missiles...
  • looby88 said:
    I certainly wouldnt like to go back to using windows on a pc so.... I didna know we were using it in our war stuff, must be something to do with this so called special ( but laughed at ) relationship the UK supposedly has with the USA, still hedging our bets now and making strange bedfellows with the French, what a joke it all is, moving down under looks like a great idea !!!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Oh our Govt is just as daft really. They keep harping on about putting mandatory internet filtering in at all ISPs (you know to stop child p0rn). Problem is, it's a solution that just won't work and nobody wants it. Clearly the hidden agenda is more to do with monitoring what the public do on the 'net presumably (and I'm going out on a limb here, but it's fairly sturdy), at the request of the US.
  • MikeSenior said:
    Nicely taken David :D
  • Jacanidae said:
    Nice work this!!!!!!