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USAF and RAAF working on F111 fault

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THURSDAY 27 MARCH. 1975 . . No. 476/75

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(Statement by the Ministen for Defence, the Hon. L.H. Barnard·, MP)

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A team of United States A i ^ F o r c e engineers at

RAAF Amberley, Qld., had confirmed'i{^.apking in the nose

wheel assembly of the RAAF1s F 1 110·"strike aircraft, the

Minister for Defence, Mr. Lance Barnard, said today.

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The USAF and the RAAF were^Working closely

together to overcome the problem., 1 he said.

The same problem was being, .experienced by the ■ “i 1 ■ ,

USAF and a strengthened component had- been developed in

the United States.

Local techniques for investigating the problem had

been observed and agreed upon by the USAF team in Australia.

A possibility of manufacture of the replacement part in

Australia was being closely studied. .

Meanwhile, replacement components had been ordered

from the U.S. but a delay in supply was expected, due to

manufacturing lead time.

Several of the RAAF1s 24 F111C aircraft at Amberley

were affected by the problem and the two squadrons were

now operating a restricted flying programme, Mr. Barnard said.

Three Fill's returned to Australia earlier this

week after completing a successful three-week exercise

with the U.S. Navy off Hawaii.

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