54 year veteran pilot retires

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 19, 2014
An ARFF water cannon salte welcomes Captain Whitbourn home after 54 years and 23,045 hours. (Joe Stenning)
An ARFF water cannon salte welcomes Captain Whitbourn home after 54 years and 23,045 hours. (Joe Stenning)

Captain Doug Whitbourn, an ERJ-135 pilot with Brisbane-based JETGO, has retired after a distinguished career spanning 54 years.

Captain Whitbourn flew his final flight, JG6 from the Osborne Mine to Brisbane on February 14, and was fittingly given a water cannon salute by two ARFF fire trucks on his arrival.

The salute closed a career that started in 1960 on the Tiger Moth at the Royal Victorian Aero Club, and saw him log 23,045 hours in six log books.

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3 Comments

  • Erik Skansebakken

    says:

    A most impressive career. Capt. Whitbourn must now be in his senventies.

  • Paul B

    says:

    Yes 74. A thorough professional and a true gentleman!

  • Pauline Clayton

    says:

    Hi..Just found this post…Hi Doug from former Royal Vic..student Pauline Clayton

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