Some time ago I picked up a copy of Serge’s book on his career flying the F/A-18 with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). If you don’t already have a copy of this book in your bookcase (or e-Reader) then you owe it to yourself to do so ASAP.
While my father managed to read the book in a day (being retired has a few benefits) it took me about 3 days to get it read around everything else I was doing. It would have taken me longer but I managed to re-prioritise a few things so I’d have time for the book. I just didn’t want to put it down :)
From his early start & interest in aviation and the RAAF to graduating from the Fighter Combat Instructor (FCI) course & wearing the coveted badge on his shoulder, the book takes you through Serge’s career but also includes his experiences with hang gliders and gives a hint into what he’s been doing since leaving the RAAF. He even touches briefly on his short stint as a long-haul pilot (definitely not his cup of tea :) ) and with luck one day there’ll be a second book that focuses solely on those stories.
We’ve had Serge on the show back in 2012 & spent over an hour talking about his career in the RAAF, his views on aviation (especially UAVs), that incident on the bridge of a Royal Australian Navy ship, the F35 and his final fight where he went one-on-one with Matt Hall. You can hear it all in PCDU Episode 96.
Since having Serge on the show I’ve been fortunate enough to meet him a couple of times. Like many F18 pilots I’ve met, he’s a rather intense but fun kind of guy who likes to push himself & work towards his goals. He’s also got an opinion and isn’t afraid to let you know it.
Like I said: If this book isn’t in your collection, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Race out & get it now. You won’t be disappointed :)