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6 ZB's left at the Adelaide Outer Harbour dock Storage area

Discussion in 'ZB Holden Commodore (2018)' started by vs-lover, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. vs-lover

    vs-lover Well-Known Member

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    Yep that's it for Adelaide's stockpile of ZB Commodores apart from what the dealers have still in their holding yards.

    So it won't be long before Adelaide will run out and the Commodore name disappears from our showrooms.
     
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    So are we going to start a new thread …. " When will the last ZB sell ? "
    Are they going to be a sought after collectible ?
    Will there be a sales rush by investors/scalpers/profiteers to squirrel away a mint fresh ZB in the hope of having one of the last Commodores ?
    Do they come in any other colours except 'Drab' ?
    So many questions, so few answers.
     
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    Are you sure they are the final cars? So you are sure no more are arriving on ships to Australia?
     
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    vs-lover Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't think so as Holden want to see the tail end of them as do we I'd say.

    This will be a very long Funeral indeed, but most of us had the wake at the end of VF.
     
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    My understanding is that they are still selling new zb to fleet buyers through 2020 and sales cease towards end of 2020. Private sales cease once they run out of ‘private sale’ stock just to invent a term.
    How long do rental companies run their cars for before off loading. The rental car companies have a lot of zb s out there.
    Also when is the big fieet sale of zb s to Nsw police happening.
     
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    so it's going to be a veeeeeeeeeeeeery loooooooooooong Funeral.
     
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    All the people that give a **** about Commodores said their farewells at the end of 2017.
     
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    Yep, that was the Memorial Service you're referring to. Now there's the Funeral to come LOL !
     
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    bury them in the desert.
     
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    Or at the Ipswich dump alongside all those RAAF F-111's that are buried there, marked never to be dug up.

     
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    One day, in a couple of million years, aliens from a galaxy far, far away will be excavating our dumps to learn of the previous, long departed animal species of this planet, and they will discover those F-111s.
    They will then surmise that remains of these animals were placed like that during a religious ceremony, the meaning of which will prompt much discussion and theories amongst the aliens.
     
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    On a more realistic note, it was a shame that they ended like that, but that was the original agreement of sale with the USA.
    The remaining F-111s at various museums around the country were replacements acquired outside that condition.
     
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    Not sure if that's quite correct as the 7 or so that are still around are merely gutted shells painted in gloss camouflage to simply look the part. There are no engines fitted nor military systems on board, just a cockpit to resemble what used to be. This way they would never fly again, but always remained the property of the RAAF with the USAF overseeing that. This way they can retrieved at any given time if the need arises.
     
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    ^^^^ vs lover, you have a good point.

    Extract from a quick Wikipedia look ..............

    The RAAF purchased four ex-United States Air Force (USAF) F-111As in 1981 as attrition replacements. These aircraft were delivered to the service in 1982 and were subsequently converted to F-111C standard.[1]

    In 1992 the Australian Government decided to purchase up to 18 ex-USAF F-111Gs in order to extend the type's service life. 15 F-111Gs were eventually acquired, and they were delivered to the RAAF during late 1993 and early 1994.[1][4] Three more ex-USAF F-111Gs were also held for Australia in the United States, but never delivered.[5] Other ex-USAF F-111s were also held at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AKA The Boneyard) in Arizona as sources of spare parts for the RAAFs fleet of aircraft.[6]

    The Australian Government announced on 7 November 2003 that the RAAF's F-111s would be retired from 2010, and on 16 March 2007 it was announced that the type would be withdrawn by the end of 2010.[7] The F-111Gs were retired before the F-111Cs, with the last leaving service on 3 September 2007.[8] The F-111C fleet was drawn down, and the type was finally retired on 3 December 2010.[9] Eight of the RAAF's F-111s (seven F-111Cs and one F-111G) were destroyed in crashes during the type's service, with ten airmen being killed.[10]

    Following the F-111s' retirement, 13 of the surviving aircraft (12 F-111Cs and a single F-111G) were preserved in aviation museums and RAAF air bases. The remaining aircraft were buried at the Swanbank landfill site outside of Ipswich, Queensland, between 21 and 23 November 2011.

    I must dig up some of my references, and go have a look at A8-148, which I am sure, (maybe, perhaps) is an ex-USAF aircraft, at Williamtown to see what is what.
    Edit... wrong. A8-148 was the last of the original delivery in Dec '73.
     
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    From what I understand the agreement was something like this, ............... that the Aircraft were to be returned to the USA to either go into the boneyard (where all the G models came from originally) for safe keeping or be taken over there to be destroyed by the Americans, but as we now we have the technology of visually seeing things happen anywhere around the world in real time thus the US Government was happy to save the expense of shipping them all to the other side of the planet and have them destroyed in such a way where they could witness it actually happening via satellite. This way these war machines could never be salvaged and fall into the hands of enemies and be used against any Allied forces. I'm also lead to believe that they had corrosive powder spread all over them and internally so as to accelerate the corrosion much more quickly.

    The RAAF also hold one of these G models in their Point Cook Museum which has already been there for some time now prior to the 7 that are distributed around the country in non military based museums.
     
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    Finally something amongst all this zb drivel worth reading lol
     
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    So here we go this is what's still left, Note only one of the G models has survived and that's the one I've mentioned above that's called the "The Boneyard Wrangler" (A8-272) which is on display at Point Cook. All other G models are located at the Swanbank Landfill site at Ipswich.

    The others are as follows,

    A8-109 A Model Albion Park
    A8-113 A Model Northern Territory
    A8-125 C Model Point Cook (being held at but not on display)
    A8-126 C Model at Amberley
    A8-129 C Model at Caloundra QLD
    A8-130 C Model Gifted to Hawaii back in 2013
    A8-131 C Model Crew Module at Moorrabin, the rest went to Ipswich
    A8-132 C Model ARDU in Edinburgh SA to eventually go to the SAAM in Port Adelaide when 134 leaves to go to Canberra War Museum
    A8-134 C Model Currently on display in Adelaide (SAAM) but heading off to Canberra at some stage
    A8-138 C Model Current Gate Guard at Amberley
    A8-142 C Model On display at Wagga Wagga
    A8-147 C Model On display Evan Head NSW
    A8-148 C Model On display at Fighter Town RAAF Williamtown
    A8-272 G Model On display at Point Cook RAAF Museum (the Boneyard Wrangler) from Arizona USA


    So as can be seen there are plenty of examples around the place and most are Australian Delivered C models with 2 Ex USAF A Models and one G model being kept intact.

    12 all up in Australia and 1 in Hawaii, also there are still a few Crew modules on hand in various places.
     
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    Then you would've loved the other stuff I've just put up.
     
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    Sure did mate
     
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    It's far more interesting than anything ZB that's for sure.
     
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