The F111 ejection capsual had a high fatality/injury rate and was not well liked by crews for this reason.
Here's an interesting link re F111 ejections
Replaced in RAAF service with the less capable (IMO) F18E/F Supers (less range,less payload but a better radar)
A great old bird that served it's role well (long range strike) with it's ground following radar,good unrefueled range and large payload (internal and external).
The SU27-30 series fighters in the Asian region sealed their fate in the end.
In the clause for the Australian purchase of the F-111 in 1973, it was decreed by joint US and Australian parties that at the end of the Aircrafts life time it was to be dismantled to a non arms bearing state and placed in landfills or totally scrapped. The dismantlement of parts could only be used by the RAAF and was not allowed to be sold or traded. A sad end indeed.
An interesting thread, during my service with the RAAF concerns were repeatedly being raised over the survival and serious injury rate of aircrews attempting forced landings and/or ejection from our F1-11's.
You have pictures of the planes, so in 50 years, it's will be possible to take them from the ground. Not like the Spitfires!
I have to add that when we had these, the spares came from moth balled USAF F111's in the bone yard in Nevada
Its no different in the UK really, hundreds of Tornado F3 and GR1/4s are going through spares recovery at RAF Leeming and then the airframes are going to Middlesborough to the smelter, a little more green than land fill but a sad end all the same.
Here in the states at Davis Moffit air salvage yard in Arizona, they are scraping these. I use to buy a lot of Governmet surplus ( I Have a Government bidding number) and these would come up now and then to be bid on for scrap only purchase. I really cried when a lot of 4 F-4 Phantoms came up. Sometimes museums can request these for static displays and recieve them less engines and Classified equipment. Maybe a request is in order to recieve one for display. If you are a Municipality or museum. We have a CH1 Huey with Vietnam service records setting as a Memorial to vietnam veterans in a town north of me. The man that arranged it was friends of some army general.
So sad these pieces of history have to be scraped.
Just my thoughts,
I specialize in M1 carbines and Lugers.