Now it's official!
WORLD War Two veteran Ted Sly watched proceedings at the Bellman Hangar with the wisdom that only age and experience can provide.
Along with a cross-section of the Evans Head community, he was attending the official announcement by the Federal Minister for Defence Material, Jason Clare, of the gift of an F-111 fighter jet to be housed at the Evans Head aerodrome.
"Evans Head (as a training ground for pilots in World War II) is very important as it's a reminder of the tremendous price we paid for freedom," he said
Having flown Spitfires during the war in England, Malta and the Middle East, Mr Sly knew better than most the importance of keeping the memory alive by having the F-111 on display.
President of the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Association, Rod Kinnish, was in agreement.
"We'll be able to display up close and personal what people have been hearing going over their heads," he said.
"They'll be able to touch and sit in the F-111."
Mr Kinnish said it was a privilege to be involved in the project of acquiring the aircraft for Evans Head, but humbly said he was not alone.