When Pigs Could Fly

The F-111, beloved by pilots in America and Australia, takes to the air for the last time

(John Freedman)

Night Goggles

(John Freedman)

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.


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