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 in the fast jets hangar 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 also now been fully repainted in the South East Asian (SEA) camouflage colours of the 1980s.
With the completion of the new fencing and main access gate to the Base, A8-138 is now the gate guardian for RAAF Amberley. As A8-138 is located outside the base perimeter, it can be viewed by the public at any time.