1968 Pickup Crews

  • Aussie aircrew deployed to Mather AFB, California, Cannon AFB, New Mexico and Nellis AFB, Nevada during 1968 to undergo
    F-111 conversion training courses whilst our 24 jets were being assembled at General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Four Conversion Courses were conducted between 11 Feb 68 and 11 Dec 68
  • Unfortunately, in late 68, a catastrophic wing failure required the redesign of the controversial swing wing carry-through box and
    Australia refused to accept the aircraft until the design was proven and tested
  • This delayed the RAAF F-111 program by five years.
  • Some of the original aircrew never flew the F-111 again, others went on to fly F-4Es and some lucky ones came back to ferry the jets home in 1973 …

F-111C Production Line Assy of A8-131 - Oct 72 - 02 - Version 2

One of our very first F-111 pilots, Wally Walters, shares his early experiences on the F-111 …

                   

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 2nd F-111 Pickup Course (Nov 68) Cannon AFB

Photo Courtesy of Dave Rogers

(Email from Roggez:  I found a pic of the second course which I was on, bottom-left; there were four UASF guys on ours at Cannon, where the pic was taken.)

                               

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3rd F-111 Pickup Course (Dec 68)

Photo Courtesy of Dave Rogers
(Boggy, the second is of the third course in 68 taken during their training at Mather AFB. The guy on the right was SQNLDR John Mc Neil, the exchange officer at Mather. The pic was taken during their tour of the California Senate. Every course did this courtesy of JMcN. He actually died a few weeks ago at a young 92! Isolatingly,  Roggez)

  

1968 Aussie F-111 Conversion Training

Course

Dates

Name

Aircrew

Conversion Course 1

11 Feb 68 – 6 Nov 68

WGCDR H.A. Hughes

PLT

Conversion Course 1

11 Feb 68 – 6 Nov 68

SQNLDR D.R. Marks

NAV

Conversion Course 1

11 Feb 68 – 6 Nov 68

SQNLDR J.I. Thompson

PLT

Conversion Course 1

11 Feb 68 – 6 Nov 68

SQNLDR T.D. Wright

NAV

Conversion Course 1

11 Feb 68 – 6 Nov 68

FLTLT P.J. Hackett

PLT

Conversion Course 1

11 Feb 68 – 6 Nov 68

FLTLT E.J. McCormack

PLT

Conversion Course 1

11 Feb 68 – 6 Nov 68

FLTLT R.J. Montgomery

PLT

Conversion Course 1

11 Feb 68 – 6 Nov 68

FLTLT L.R. O’Neill

NAV

Conversion Course 1

11 Feb 68 – 6 Nov 68

FLTLT W.F. Walters

PLT

Conversion Course 1

11 Feb 68 – 6 Nov 68

FLGOFF F.E. Burtt

NAV

Conversion Course 1

11 Feb 68 – 6 Nov 68

FLGOFF L.J. Halvorson

NAV

Conversion Course 1

11 Feb 68 – 6 Nov 68

FLGOFF C.J. Lake

NAV

Conversion Course 2

23 Mar 68 – 13 Nov 68

SQNLDR C.J. Noble

PLT

Conversion Course 2

23 Mar 68 – 13 Nov 68

FLTLT R.L. Biddell

PLT

Conversion Course 2

23 Mar 68 – 13 Nov 68

FLTLT B.J. Frost

PLT

Conversion Course 2

23 Mar 68 – 13 Nov 68

FLTLT C.R. Furlonger

NAV

Conversion Course 2

23 Mar 68 – 13 Nov 68

FLTLT B.D. Gribble

NAV

Conversion Course 2

23 Mar 68 – 13 Nov 68

FLTLT P.M. Grindon-Ekins

NAV

Conversion Course 2

23 Mar 68 – 13 Nov 68

FLTLT J.F. Hanigan

NAV

Conversion Course 2

23 Mar 68 – 13 Nov 68

FLTLT K.B. Merrigan

PLT

Conversion Course 2

23 Mar 68 – 13 Nov 68

FLTLT D.N. Rogers

PLT

Conversion Course 2

23 Mar 68 – 13 Nov 68

FLGOFF T.A. Noblet

PLT

Conversion Course 2

23 Mar 68 – 13 Nov 68

FLGOFF R.J. Waring

NAV

Conversion Course 2

23 Mar 68 – 13 Nov 68

FLGOFF J.A. Wills

NAV

Conversion Course 3 (Class 69-F)

4 May 68 – 20 Nov 68

WGCDR R.E. Frost

PLT

Conversion Course 3 (Class 69-F)

4 May 68 – 20 Nov 68

SQNLDR A.W. Clarke

NAV

Conversion Course 3 (Class 69-F)

4 May 68 – 20 Nov 68

FLTLT G.R. Barker

PLT

Conversion Course 3 (Class 69-F)

4 May 68 – 20 Nov 68

FLTLT P.J. Doyle

NAV

Conversion Course 3 (Class 69-F)

4 May 68 – 20 Nov 68

FLTLT W.J. Emery

PLT

Conversion Course 3 (Class 69-F)

4 May 68 – 20 Nov 68

FLTLT J.W. Garland

PLT

Conversion Course 3 (Class 69-F)

4 May 68 – 20 Nov 68

FLLT J.D. Gazley

NAV

Conversion Course 3 (Class 69-F)

4 May 68 – 20 Nov 68

FLLT D.H. Gibbs

PLT

Conversion Course 3 (Class 69-F)

4 May 68 – 20 Nov 68

FLTLT A.J. Green

NAV

Conversion Course 3 (Class 69-F)

4 May 68 – 20 Nov 68

FLTLT M.A. McMahon

PLT

Conversion Course 3 (Class 69-F)

4 May 68 – 20 Nov 68

FLGOFF A.D. Kirby

PLT

Conversion Course 3 (Class 69-F)

4 May 68 – 20 Nov 68

FLGOFF C.M Lucas

PLT

Conversion Course 4

15 Jun 68 – 11 Dec 68

WGCDR E.H. Walker

NAV

Conversion Course 4

15 Jun 68 – 11 Dec 68

SQNLDR I.Andrew

NAV

Conversion Course 4

15 Jun 68 – 11 Dec 68

SQNLDR S.C. Fisher

PLT

Conversion Course 4

15 Jun 68 – 11 Dec 68

FLTLT I.M. Bryant

PLT

Conversion Course 4

15 Jun 68 – 11 Dec 68

FLTLT B.S. Hicks

NAV

Conversion Course 4

15 Jun 68 – 11 Dec 68

FLTLT M.E. McDonald

PLT

Conversion Course 4

15 Jun 68 – 11 Dec 68

FLTLT A.A. Page

PLT

Conversion Course 4

15 Jun 68 – 11 Dec 68

FLTLT C.J. Stjernqvist

NAV

Conversion Course 4

15 Jun 68 – 11 Dec 68

FLGOFF A.R. Lockett

NAV

Conversion Course 4

15 Jun 68 – 11 Dec 68

FLGOFF L.J. Cavanagh

NAV

 

 

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