Phil Frawley is a human who was truly born to fly. As a young boy he spent countless hours building model airplanes and dreaming of the day when he would get to control an aircraft. Phil’s hard work, determination and perseverance finally paid off when, after five years as an aircraft technician, he was accepted into the Royal Australian Air Force 92 Pilots Course in July 1974.

49 1/2 years later, Phil is retired from the RAAF. He was a Squadron Leader at 76 Squadron flying the Hawk 127, retiring on 30th June 2018. Following this amazing career he was inducted into the Guinness World Records as having been the oldest active fighter pilot in history. Guinness World Record

Phil is also a qualified low-level demonstration pilot and has performed flight demonstrations for many years in various aircraft. He holds a civilian commercial pilots license with a civilian level two flying instructor rating. Phil spends some of his weekends sharing his joy of flying by taking people on jet fighter flights in the Hunter region.

Phil currently resides in the beautiful city of Newcastle with his wife Kerry and in his spare time enjoys surfing the pristine beaches along the North coast of New South Wales. Phil also regularly updates his blog where he shares experiences and personal stories from his aviation career.

Career highlights

  • Joined the RAAF 10 Jan 1969 – 23 Apprentice Intake – Wagga
  • Graduated as an Instrument Fitter Posted to Williamtown
  • Two and a half years at Williamtown on Mirage and Macchi
  • 92 Pilots Course July 1974
  • Five years C-130 Hercules transport
  • Five years Mirage
  • Two years Qualified Flying Instructor – Point Cook
  • Eighteen Months Macchi – 2 OCU
  • Five years Hornet – 2OCU and 77 Sqn EXECUTIVE OFFICER
  • Three years Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre Fighter Operations Lecturer
  • Two years 76 Sqn – Macchi – retired 1997 to Saudi Arabia
  • Reserve 2002 – June 2018 – 76 Sqn

Success flourishes only in perseverance — ceaseless, restless perseverance.

— Baron Manfred von Richthofen, German fighter ace in WWI —


Phil is an experienced and popular speaker with a range of subjects that provide an amazing insight into the world of fighter pilots.

Corporate Training

Phil was, for many years, the lead facilitator in the RAAF’s Air Combat Group for Crew Resource Management (CRM). CRM incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to educate people in team building principles, leadership and followership techniques, human factors, fatigue factors, error management and conflict resolution.

Phil is able to adapt these subjects to virtually any corporate application to deliver the skills and knowledge to management and employees that will improve their productivity and contribution to the workplace environment.

Enrichment Speaking

Phil is an accomplished enrichment speaker having worked for cruise lines Royal Caribbean International and the exclusive six star line Crystal Cruises. He delivers talks on aviation related subjects such as:

  • Autobiographical – a summary of his life as an RAAF pilot with entertaining anecdotes mixed in
  • Military Aircraft Flying – what it’s like to fly these amazing aircraft
  • Fighter Tactics History – from pistols to missiles
  • The Road to ‘Top Gun’ – the path to becoming an RAAF combat fighter pilot and instructor
  • Military Leadership Techniques – how the military leadership doctrine differs from civilian corporations
  • The Battle of Milne Bay – a little known WWII battle that changed the course of the war in the Pacific

After Dinner Speaking

Phil has also been engaged to speak at many functions due to his easy, relaxed delivery style. With his amazing long career in aviation he relates many delightful and funny anecdotes mixed with some dramatic stories of close calls that will have everyone on the edge of their seats.

So if you want to have Phil bring a wonderfully different slant to your function or have your employees expertly trained in team building and leadership techniques get in touch to arrange a booking.

Aggressiveness is fundamental to success in air-to-air combat. If you ever caught a fighter pilot in a defensive mood you had him licked before you started shooting.

Captain David McCampbell, USN, leading U.S. Navy ace in WWII

Jet Fighter Flights

You can actually go flying with Phil in a jet fighter trainer and experience what it is like to fly in a high performance jet. Phil will take you in the Albatros L-39C for an exhilarating ride in this incredible ex-military fighter jet!  You will reach speeds Up to 900km/h and feel the force of 5 G’s as he takes you through a range of military combat manoeuvres.  The ride can be tailored to the individual as anything from mild to wild.

So are you up for the challenge?  Phil will provide you with a military style mission briefing and then fit you out with a fully badged flying suit so you look the part and feel immersed in the world of a fighter pilot for the experience of a lifetime. You will then be strapped into the jet and given another briefing on emergencies.  Then it’s start up and taxi out for the take off which will set you back in the seat as the jet accelerates. Once airborne you will be amazed at the smooth quiet ride and the panoramic visibility.  You will then complete all the manoeuvres and return for the circuit and landing which is also an exciting part of the ride.

Want to know more about flying with Phil in a jet fighter? Get in touch.

To be a good fighter pilot, there is one prime requisite — think fast, and act faster.

— Major John T. Godfrey, USAAF —


This is a short video of Phil performing some aerobatics in the the Aero L-39 Albatros fighter jet during an air show at RAAF Base Williamtown. The footage was shot with two mounted GoPro cameras.

Phil’s personal flying statistics

Years of military flying
Hours of flying
Hours of flying fighters
ADF students trained


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