John (Truckie) Carr

Born 1951

1967 Joined the RAAF and trained as an Armanent Fitter.  Served in 481 Sqn, 2 OCU, 75 Sqn Butterworth, and Kingswood.

1974 –             92 Pilots Course.

1976                RAAF Williamtown – completed 31 Mirage Course

1976                Posted Butterworth 3 Sqn including Photo Recce Pilot

1978                Posted Williamtown Mirage.

1980                4 Flight Winjeel Pilot – Forward Air Controller

1980/82          Fighter Combat Instructor Course, Instructor 2 Operational Conversion Unit.

1982                United States Navy Marine Exchange Posting  Hornet Instructor

1984/86          2 OCU F18 Instructor

1986/2013      Qantas.  747, 767, A330.  Check and Training Captain.

2013                Retired from Qantas


High Points (and low) of My Flying Life.

1800 hrs Mirage

1100 hrs F 18

Ejection from Mirage at Dutson Weapons Range (fragment Hi Drag Bomb)

First Hornet Qualified Instructor

USS Kittyhawk:  Carrier Take offs and Landings

Flew Search and rescue in Qantas to locate successfully 16 yr old Abigail Sunderland in Southern Indian Ocean