A8-126 was the first RAAF F-111C to be accepted and flown by a RAAF crew.
The first test flight in Fort Worth, Texas in 1968 highlighted a major structural test failure of the wing carry through box. The fleet was grounded until 6 April 1973 when A8-126 was formally accepted for a second time.
The aircraft landed at RAAF Amberley on 1 June 1973. A8-126 was the first F-111C aircraft to be converted to Reconnaissance configuration.
In addition to participating in numerous exercises, Air Shows and flying displays, A8-126 participated in the spectacular flying display at the F-111 retirement ceremony at RAAF Amberley and during its last flight performed a solo display and the last ever dump and burn of the F-111.
A8-126 now has a permanent home at the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre.
A8-138 also participated in the spectacular flying display at the F-111 retirement ceremony at RAAF Amberley in December 2010.
The aircraft has now been fully repainted in the camouflage colours of the 1980s.
This aircraft is on temporary loan to the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre pending the completion of the new fencing and access gate to the Base at which time A8-138 will be moved to its new home as the Main Gate Guardian.