RAAF Base Amberley will get a new gate guard on Friday when a newly painted F-111C is moved by road from inside the base to the main gate.
On Friday 18 December at about 9am, F-111 A8-138 will depart via the RAAF Amberley contractors’ gate and will be towed by Air Force personnel along Haigslea-Amberley Road, Ipswich-Rosewood Road and Southern Amberley Road, finishing at the RAAF Amberley main gate.
In September 2011, the then minister for Defence Materiel announced that six F-111s would be preserved within Defence as well as a limited number of iconic F-111C fighter jets which would be made available on loan to Australian aircraft museums and other historical organisations.
A8-138 was identified to be the gate guardian at RAAF Amberley, the former home of the F-111 fleet.
F-111 A8-138 arrived at Amberley on 28 September 1973.
On 3 December 2010, the jet was one of the aircraft flown as part of the F-111 retirement ceremony
Painted in low-visibility gunship grey when it was retired from operational service, it has recently been repainted in its original camouflage colours in preparation for display.