As a fighter pilot on the newly formed 77 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force, now equipped with brand new FA/18s, we had many experienced pilots but before long we also acquired pilots on their first operational type.  One such pilot was Woody, or more formally known as Wood Duck and flying the Hornet was just the start of a long career in aviation that took him all around the world.  Now the Air Attache at the Australian High Commission in London, Woody and I met at a local hostelry and had a beer whilst talking about old times.


The Australian FA/18B


Flypasts performed by No 2 OCU RAAF whilst under Woody’s command


Woody as a youngster in the Hong Kong bar whilst on deployment in Malaysia.


RAAF Hornets in Butterworth


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