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The Rescue of William Head

During my time as C-130 Hercules Pilot, I was trained, along with many others, in Search and Rescue techniques.  When conducting a search there are many agencies involved that coordinate the many assets that will ultimately become involved depending on the nature of the emergency.  The agency responsible for maritime safety is the Australian Maritime…

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The Life of a Fighter Pilot

If you’ve watched the original “Top Gun” movie starring Tom cruise, you might share the common public perception that the life of a fighter pilot is an exciting series of high speed thrills and night time partying by handsome, brave individuals who are not overly averse to risk taking.  While this fictional movie is fun…

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So You Want to Become a Jet Pilot

There are many active pilots and prospective pilots who harbour the ambition of eventually gaining their endorsement on a jet aircraft. I’ve been in a fortunate position to help numerous pilots earn their jet aircraft endorsement, so let’s discuss the differences between jet and propeller aircraft and how to fulfill that ambition.  A lot of…

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Performing Low Level Intercepts at Night in the Mirage

As part of the continuous training and currency requirements of fighter aircraft there are many and varied missions that need to be practiced in order to remain an effective fighter pilot.  With the Mirage there were a number of missions that were very difficult to master and one was night low level intercepts.  The Mirage…

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My interview with Gareth McCray for the Ad Astra Aviator Podcasts

I recently teamed up with Gareth McCray OAM for a podcast interview about my life and experiences in the RAAF. Gareth is the host of the Ad Astra Aviator Podcasts, an initiative by RAAFA NSW to capture the recollections and experiences of both retired and serving Air Force personnel. It was a genuine honour to…

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The Hawker Seafury Incident & Becoming Famous

During my time as a display pilot I met most of the warbird owners in Australia, of these Mr Guido Zuccoli became a good mate. Guido was living in Darwin in June 1990 when 77 Squadron, of which I was the Executive Officer, arrived for an exercise. During my time off I, of course, went…

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