When Pigs Could Fly
The F-111, beloved by pilots in America and Australia, takes to the air for the last time.
- By Michael Klesius
- AirSpaceMag.com, January 31, 2011
Green tactical light bathes navigator Flt. Lt. Jake Romanowski (left) and pilot Flt. Lt. Andrew Kloeden in their night vision goggles during an exercise in the F-111 simulator at Amberley in June 2009. The crew placed Freedman’s camera on the instrument panel for a six-second, timer-triggered exposure. Amberley’s simulator is a non-motion surround-visual type, complete with Pave Tack equipment and authentic graphics of Australian terrain. It is run by RAAF pilot Steve Clarke, whose 3,400-plus hours in the Pig beats that of any Australian pilot.