F-111 exhibition at Ipswich Art Gallery

One of the reason I visited Ipswich Art Gallery was my curiosity on this exhibition honouring the RAAF’s 37 years-serving fighter. Back when I was in Singapore, such exhibition only takes place at the Singapore Air Show (which I had never attended before). And talking about my hometown, I think they have their own definition for ‘art’.

So, here it goes the cockpit of the mighty F-111.
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Notes on the cockpit:
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Up and down

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Another angle of the cockpit, it’s a two-seater fighter.

But all those photos were taken by yours truly (now I’m sounding like George Negus) in the main area. The itchier, scratchier (this blog and its author have no relation with Itchy & Scratchy) part of the exhibition was located inside a dedicated room. In front of the room, there were 20 (or was it 25?) photographs by the Queensland Times photographers. As yours truly walked down the corridor, opening the glass door into the exhibition room… a diecast of the F-111 was put up.

F-111. Supersonic Speed. Innovative Design. Long Range Strike.
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But it seems yours truly missed out the uniform worn by pilots of the fighter. Though, he managed to notice a quirky kind of instruction in the uniform.

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Start here (presuming it is Amberley Air Base) then put the bombs there (why Tasmania?) and avoid South Australia. Hmm, any guess why is that so? Yours truly does not know the answer either (if you know, put a comment and it’s free).

The following pictures are some of the components of the F-111.

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Is this the hydraulic system?

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Supposedly this is a map of the world, then the coloured areas are the names of the geographical area that you must know.

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What is what in the cockpit with hundreds of buttons

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The legendary wheel

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Is this satellite located on board or is it on land?

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I suggest you don’t play with fire.

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Dump and burn. Greenpeace may have another opinion on this feature of the jet.

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The afterburner

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Yours truly is not a technical guy. Once again yours truly appeal if any of you readers know what is this, do leave a comment.

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The joystick. Even Wii can’t replace it.

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“This blog freedom of information investigation has revealed the primary flight control system of the F-111.”

And just before I leave you, here’s a look back at the entrance.

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If you are interested in knowing more about the F-111, a note is provided. Sponsor of the exhibiton is also acknowledged by this blog.

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Strike.

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Design.

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Speed.

And of course, the Super Hornet is now replacing the long-serving fighter.

That’s all for me for now. Hopefully there is free wi-fi connection at State Library of Western Australia or at Perth International Airport. I will be crossing across the continent tomorrow. Have a nice day.

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