Wing Commander (retired) Ron Haack
(Interviewer Gareth McCray OAM)
Wing Commander retired Ron Haack joined the Air Force in 1970. He thought progression to Astronaut was through fast jet and test pilot qualifications and that is exactly what he did, except for the Astronaut bit. His fast jet experience was mainly Mirage and F18 Hornet. His test pilot career began with the Empire Test Pilot School at Boscombe Down, and eventually included flying the first flights of most RAAF Hornets as they rolled off the assembly line.
His Test Flying sojourn was full of exciting and dangerous moments of which he tells many stories which make your hair stand on end.