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About the 14 February 2024 Talk update 10Feb2024  

About the Speaker

Nick Anderson applied to the RAF aged 20 in 1974 and flew Phantoms for No43(F) Sqn at RAF Leuchars. He was also a Fast Jet A1 QFI at RAF Valley and a Qualified Weapons Instructor on the Phantom.

In 1987 he became an exchange pilot with the RAAF flying the F/A18 Hornet at RAAF Williamtown, New South Wales for 3 years. His career concluded on the F3 Tornado and he served as the Pilot Flight Commander with 111(F) Sqn at RAF Leuchars.

He retired as a Squadron Leader in 1993 and was then gainfully employed with Virgin Atlantic Airways for 25 years on the Airbus A340-300, A340-600 and A330 from 1994 until 2019 when he retired.

A Summary of the Talk

Following on from his time flying the RAF F4 Phantom, which was the subject of his earlier talk 'Chasing Bears in the Phantom’, Nick was chosen to represent the RAF  as part of an Exchange scheme.

He was posted to Australia to fly their brand new F/A18 Hornets on No 77 Squadron RAAF.

Nick returns to tell us about his  experiences mastering this remarkable fighter aircraft and his eventful time in a  land Down Under.