Rockhampton man flying to new heights
ROCKHAMPTON'S Spencer Harry dreamt of being up in the air as a small child and now with his new set of wings that dream has come true.
The 20-year-old Pilot Officer achieved his wings in March this year from the Royal Australian Air force and has recently graduated as a D Category Domestic Hawk Captain.
Spencer joined the RAAF after he graduated from The Rockhampton Grammar School in 2011 and said it's been the best decision he's ever made.
"I had always dreamt of being an astronaut in my younger years," he said.
"But it wasn't until I realised Australia wasn't the place for that career that I turned my attention to the Air Force. I was motivated to become a pilot due to the fact that a lot of the astronauts in the early times were fighter pilots.
"It's been the best decision I've made, I get to travel around Australia and am being paid to do what I love and that is to fly."
The young Pilot Officer is currently based 50km north of Perth at a base camp for advanced flying training. It was there that he became qualified to fly a Hawk aircraft.
"It's basically like my driver's license to fly the Hawk aircraft solo," Spencer said.
"The D stands for my level of experience. You graduate as a D Cat Captain and eventually you can work your way up to an A Cat Captain which takes a lot of experience and time to complete.
"At the moment I'm completing the last phases of the Introductory Fighter Course then I will relocate to the RAAF Base in Newcastle early next year."
Although Spencer spends a lot of his time above ground he said he still enjoyed doing the basic 20-year-old stuff when he can.
"I love spending time with my mates and girlfriend either camping or playing video games, the standard 20-year-old boy stuff," he said.
"I would love to get back to Rockhampton sometime in the near future to see everyone and catch up."
Spencer is hoping to end up at the RAAF Base in Amberley QLD flying an F/A-18F Super Hornet once his training has been completed.
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