Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Royal Australian Air Force wants old F-111 strike bombers destroyed

THE Royal Australian Air Force is looking for someone to do what the Soviet Union could only dream of during the Cold War -- destroy its F-111 strike bombers. The Defence Department has issued a tender to turn half its F-111 fleet -- the pride of the RAAF for a generation -- into what will surely be the nation's most expensive scrap metal.Thirteen of the bombers and their engines will be destroyed after they are retired at the end of this year.It is unclear what will be done with the remainder of the F-111 fleet. There are 15 F-111Cs in operation and 12 F-111Gs in storage, plus two used for spares.................................................TheAustralian

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