Aircrew Lists

240411 – F-111C Aircrew-List

How many aircrew flew aussie F-111s? 

The F-111C Aircrew Honour Roll has 448 names on the list, but when you take into account some duplicates; like the three names appearing on three courses (Chris Lake, John Emery and Al Curr), the 29 aircrew who doubled up in the early 68-73 years, the 15 aircrew who did two 6SQN OPCONs (2nd tourists did full OPCONs until No 23 CSE, thence F-111C Refresher Courses) and the seven pig NAVs who became pig PLTs (Steve Clarke, Leigh Beaman, Tiger Meadows, Phil Townshend, Teddy Blair, Marty Huet and Shannon Kennedy)

The 394 F-111C aircrew list comprises:

  • 204    PLT – Pilots
  • 153     NAV – Navigators
  • 21     ACO – Air Combat Officers
  • 13     WSO – Weapons System Officer (US)
  •  2      AEO – Air Electronics Officer
  •  1      Flight Test Engineer (Aircraft Research Laboratory)

Not all were aussies of course: the 394 also includes the USAF yanks and RAF poms who came to ‘Oz’ on exchange:

  • 11     USAF Pilots
  • 10    USAF WSOs
  • 8     RAF Pilots and
  • 8     RAF Navigators

6SQN F-111C/G Operational Conversion Courses (OPCON)

… and for the purists amongst you, 6SQN graduated 178 Pilots, 132 Navigators, 21 Air Combat Officers, three USAF WSOs (the first seven USAFEX WSOs were F-111 qualified, the last three came from F-15E Strike Eagles) and two AEOs, totalling 336 aircrew

Between 13 Aug 73 and 30 May 08 over a span of 34.8 years, 6SQN conducted 64 OPCONs:

  • #1-62 CSE, 46A & 49A CSE
  • Graduated 336/389 F-111C/G aircrew
  • Graduation rate of 86.4%
  • Average 9.7 aircrew @ year