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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Ipswich Art Gallery

Ipswich Art Gallery is located next to d’Arcy Doyle Place. Entrance is free but bulky items that you carry (e.g. backpack) must be stored at receptionist. Photography is allowed inside the campus including toilet (they have art pieces put up in the toilet area).

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Torpedoes or missiles or whatever it is, hopefully have been deactivated, are just some of the pieces the gallery showcased.

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Bad modified motorbikes, don’t ride! It’s for art purposes only!

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Mechanical doggie eats wrench instead of bones.

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Some ceiling decoration made of colourful fabric?

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One of the first Ipswich porcelains shown, made in Australia.

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Fish & chips, ice cream, tomato sauce, German butcher?

At the end of my visit, I collected my bag which was stored by the receptionist and the lady asked me to fill out some survey about my overall experience to the gallery. Quite an amusing experience. I will be back again when they are having another exhibition. And I think Ipswich residents are slightly friendlier than their state capital’s counterparts.

It’s a thrill to explore another corner of the great southeast.

North Ipswich

After visiting the Ipswich Information Centre (which is strangely located in the suburb rather than CBD, in Queens Park), I decided to go to North Ipswich where there is the Railway Workshops Museum, another campus of the Queensland Museum. Unfortunately, I didn’t go in because I didn’t have enough money. But at least, the next time I come around, I know the way to go.

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From the Ipswich Transit Centre, I crossed a bridge but I don’t know the name of the bridge. However, it is similar to all other bridges in Brisbane, it connects the north and south banks of the Brisbane River. This time in another city.

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Believe it or not, this is still Brisbane River. Riverlink Shopping Centre is in the north bank. Facility for recreational purposes are created on both sides of the river. Somehow it reminds me when I fell down while riding a motorbike last year in my uncle’s house in south Denpasar. His house was located near a river where people play, fish and bathe (seriously).

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The other side of the bridge lacks pedestrians. But at least, the infrastructure is there.

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The south bank of the Brisbane River with recreational and sporting facilities shown. Remind me to go to Waterboom once I reach home.

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This photo was taken facing the Ipswich CBD from Riverlink Shopping Centre. The tall building on the right is Commonwealth Bank and on the left is some kind of business or economic council. I think I have seen more skyscrapers in Darwin than in Ipswich.

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Spot the difference(s) with the picture above.

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This is Riverlink Shopping Centre. It has the three major supermarkets (Woolworths, Coles and ALDI), Super Amart, Target and Officeworks just to name some. For us Indonesians though, it is uncommon to find a shopping centre with so many supermarkets. Mostly have two at most.

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Under the tree stands a small billboard welcoming ‘us’ to North Ipswich. Red carpet would have been better.

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Finally after some 10 minutes of walking, I could see the Railway Workshops Museum.

Ipswich

On the last day of November, I decided to go to Ipswich. This year Ipswich celebrated its 150th anniversary. It was Brisbane’s main rival to become Queensland’s capital city back in the days when the state had just seceded from New South Wales.

I took QR Citytrain to go to Ipswich, taking train from Central Station, using the Ipswich line and stopping at Ipswich station.

After almost an hour-long journey on the train (it feels like eternity in commuting time), the train finally reached Ipswich. My first impression was ‘Wow, finally another Queensland city!’

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The Ipswich train station is located across Ipswich City Mall. The city mall is sort of similar to Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall except for the lack of crowd. Ipswich City Council definitely is already on Christmas mood. See the decoration. At the end of the city mall lies Woolworths supermarket.

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This is Brisbane Street. I came to know about and have the interest to visit the city thanks to Channel Seven’s local advertorial programme Great South East Sundays at 5.30pm. It once showed host Sofie Formica walked down Ipswich’s Brisbane Street looking for vintage shops.

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Still on Brisbane Street stands Ipswich Post Office with its mini clock tower and next to it is the Ipswich Art Gallery. I will have a separate post on my visit to Ipswich Art Gallery to see the F-111 exhibition.

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Next to the Ipswich Art Gallery lies d’Arcy Doyle Place. Again, I think it is the Ipswich version of Brisbane’s King George Square. This is where Premier Anna Bligh and Ipswich Lord Mayor Paul Pisasale cooked during Jamie Oliver’s Ipswich cooking class. A report shows that 56 percent of Ipswich residents are obese. That’s why Jamie Oliver held cooking class. d’Arcy Doyle Place is also decorated with Christmas tree.

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Taking photo of Brisbane Street westward, you could see the GPO and Ipswich City Square. Cross the Ipswich City Square to the east and there is the Ipswich train station.

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Before the absolute end of Ipswich City Mall, there is a right turn heading towards the train station. From this photo, if you walk straight passing the corridor and turn right you will see Woolworths.

To make sure that I was really in Ipswich, I took a photo of this.
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I’m not sure what is the purpose of the transit center but what I do know is that some buses begin their journey there.

See you soon.

Farewell, ‘One Eleven’!

This afternoon, RAAF fleet of F-111 based at the Amberley Air Base flew over southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales for the last time. I read on City News it would be over Brisbane’s sky at 11.20am, then today’s Courier Mail wrote at 11.50am. In reality, it flew after midday. My bet is bad weather (Australia’s wettest start to summer in 111 years as The Australian wrote). Hmm, ‘One Eleven’ and 111 years? A coincidence?

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The photo was taken by yours truly while he was having his daily dose of newspapers at the Tim Fairfax Room at the State Library of Queensland. The guy who was seated next to me in the room commented that he actually wanted to take photo of ‘One Eleven’ but he forgot his phototaking device.

The jets left Amberley Air Base flying over Ipswich and Brisbane and parted way. Some of the fighters would move northwards to the Sunshine Coast up to Noosa whereas the rest should fly over the Gold Coast down to Byron Bay. So long, ‘One Eleven’ after your 37 years of duty! As part of my commitment with the F-111 story, I will post my visit to Ipswich Art Gallery to see the F-111 exhibition there.

That’s all for now!

UPDATED: A news story from Seven News later in the evening about the F-111 or F1-11 (which ever way you prefer it) farewell