FB-111A 68-0274 380th BW, 1981
(photo courtesy of Peter Davies F-111 Aardvark)
FB-111A assignment history:
04 DEC 70: 340th BMG, Carswell AFB TX (8 DEC 70 - Don
Logan's F-111 Aardvark)
19 FEB 71: 509th BMW, Pease AFB NH
19 JUL 72: 380th BMW, Plattsburgh AFB NY
28 DEC 72: 509th BMW, Pease AFB NH
Also the 380th Bomb
Wing and Det 3 431st TES at McClellan AFB.
Aircraft tail #: 68-0274
Aircraft name/nose art: 'Laggin' Dragon'. Also named 'Missouri
Miss' by SAC
Predecessor: B-29A S/N 44-86347
509th Composite Group (VH)
Aircraft Commander: Capt. Edward M. Costello
393rd Bombardment Squadron
Aircraft Squadron number: 95
Ship number: 46
Omaha/Martin-built B-29-50-MO series aircraft.
Experienced frequent mechanical difficulties, aborts and often came in last or late. Hence
the name Laggin' Dragon; christened by the aircraft commander.
Nov. 1, 1945: Redeployed to Roswell, NM for Operation Crossroads (first post-war atomic
|19 APR 71
FB-111 milestone of 90, 000 flying hours.
Crew: Capt Hugh Sims and Lt. Col. Bob Voelker
|28 MAY to 14
||Depot repair of
cowl beam lug.
|19-27 OCT 82
off-station training missions.
|4-7 JUN 83
Nellis AFB NV.
|19-20 APR 84
Mountain Home AFB, ID due to engine problems.
|28 APR to 11
Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada.
|25 NOV-4 JUN 86
|9-11 JUN 86
Team for TCTO 1318.
|04 OCT 86
||Class B ground
mishap. Cartridge exploded during alert engine start
exercise, causing severe damage to the left overwing fairing area. Aircraft repaired
locally in 25 days; flew Code One on first sortie after repair.
|24 JAN to 16
MAR 88 (estimated)
depot maintenance, AMP upgrade.
Sgt. Mike Hamilton
Assistant crew chiefs: A1C Jim Bonno and A1C Ken Young
by Don Logan at Offutt AFB,
Nebraska on 13 July 1980.
SAC FB-111A 68-0274 in 'Dark Vark' scheme.
(image courtesy of Philippe Colin of FB-111A.net
When modified to F-111G
status, 68-0274 was transfered to the 428th TFS at Cannon AFB to serve as a training
aircraft for new F-111 crews.
The F-111G had a total of
6056.3 USAF flight hours when sold to Australia as A8-274.
Arrived at Amberley on 6 December 1993.
||A8-274 was used regularily
in Air Displays during 1997-98. The aircraft was crewed by FLTLT Schneider and
FLTLT Ferguson of 6SQN.
(photos by Dave Riddel and Sasha)
||Pictured during EX TANDEM
THRUST a joint US-AUSTRALIAN exercise in 1997. The F-111G aircraft performed the
role of Close Air Support - a far cry from the Nuclear Strike role of their previous life!
(photos by Dave Riddel)
F-111G A8-274 on roll out for post depot level servicing
maintenance test flight July 1999.
(photos by 'Quiggy' and Lenn Bayliss)
|Completed major scheduled
servicing at the end of July 1999.
Painted with tail art commemorating the 60th Anniversary of 6SQN Royal Australian Air
Force since reforming in 1939 at the beginning of World War 2.
6SQN was originally formed in as 6SQN Australian Flying Corps in France 1917 during World
Currently in flying status with 6SQN, 82WG RAAF Amberley.
|A8-274 loaded with GBU-12 LGBs
in the morning mist.
Aussie Decals now produces 1/48 and 1/72 decal sheets
featuring the tailart above.
info sources include:
Don Logan's F-111 Aardvark reference
20 May 1988 issue of SEACOAST FLYER, page 11
(courtesy of Curt Lenz at FB-111A.net )