As virtually everyone knows, some EAA Chapter 414 members have volunteered their many skills and a great amount of time to prepare an F-111 for display at Waukegan Airport. The aircraft was acquired by the Waukegan Airport Authority from the Rantoul Air Force Museum last year. The cosmetics of the aircraft were not great. A few pictures will tell the story of the significant progress thus far. What a difference a year makes. I am informed that the F-111 will be ready to mount on its permanent display pedestal at the airport come the Spring thaw.
The F-111 Aardvark has been moved from the Rantoul Air Force Museum with funds provided by the Waukegan Port Authority and others. This aircraft has been delivered in disassembled form to a hangar at the Waukegan Airport on December 18th. This plane is one of the original build of 10 with the tail number 63-9767. The plane had been disassembled with the fuselage places in one hanger and the wings and tail-planes in another. The paint scheme was discussed and has not been decided upon. The paint is being donated by Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coatings, whose office is located in Waukegan.
The F-111 has been disassembled and transported to Waukegan Airport. It arrived December 18th.