In Focus

Ejecting – Transitioning away from the RAAF

Australian Aviation’s “Boo”, a former F/A-18 Hornet pilot, talks about his love of the RAAF and how he dug deep to transition away from the ADF when a degenerative condition cut short his career

My career in the ADF flying F/A-18 Hornets, and on exchange flying Tornado’s in the UK, was to this day, one of the most rewarding periods of my life. It was also a career cut short after the diagnosis of an auto-immune disease called ankylosing spondylitis, a big name for a degenerative condition that robs you of mobility and sets you up for a life of pain management and medication.

So began the start of my transition from the RAAF into business and the beginning of a comfortable relationship with transition and change — a relationship I unwittingly developed as a fighter pilot.

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