Pigs Tales was the official Royal Australian Air Force F-111 fleet retirement, showcasing and bidding farewell to Australia’s F-111 aircraft. It was celebrated at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, on 2/3 December 2010.
The retirement marks a significant milestone in the history of military aviation in Australia. The event opened with a memorial service, and included aerial displays and fly overs. For the several thousands of visitors it was a day of mixed emotions.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) was able to host a stand at the event and respond to the enquires of visitors with compensation and health enquiries.
The tradition of reversing and resting on arms – that is, leaning on a weapon held upside down – has been a mark of respect or mourning for centuries, said to have originated with the ancient Greeks. Descriptions of sixteenth-century military funerals provide the earliest documented instances of carrying arms reversed. Australian military service personnel still rest on arms as a mark of respect for the dead.
Last Post and Reveille
The Reveille is a bright, cheerful call to rouse military personnel from their slumber, ready for duty; it is also used to conclude funeral services and remembrance services. It symbolises an awakening in a better world for the dead; and rouses the living back to duty, after paying homage to their comrades.
DVA offers the following photo gallery for your continued celebration, and in memoriam.