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

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