Our People in WABrian Dick - Dianella
Dianella’s Brian Dick loves talking to anyone about his life in the RAAF, and he has been doing just that.
He’s just had a week at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon in Victoria.
“I’ve been pretty impressed by the number of people interested in joining, and the visitors to our displays were very enthusiastic,” he said.
The Morley Senior High graduate is now a RAAF Leading Aircraftman, and he has specialized as an armaments technician.
He’s now based with 79 Squadron at Williamtown near Newcastle. They operate the Hawk lead-in fighter, the stepping stone for pilots and air combat officers as they move towards the FA /18 Hornet and Super Hornet fast jets.
Brian joined the Air Force in 2006 as soon as he finished school.
“I got the ball rolling in my final year at school, and was pretty rapt to get accepted,” he said.
Brian’s technical training took four and a half years to complete.
“In my current job I basically deal with anything on the Hawk that involves explosives; the ejection seats, practice bombs for training, that sort of thing. I also run the range when the aircraft do their bombing training.
“The travel is a real bonus as well,” said Brian.
This is the second Australian International Airshow that Brian has been involved with.