Portrait of a Fighter PIlot -
Flight Lieutenant Michael Head
Oil on canvas
One of the other Air Vehicle Operators (Drone Pilots) that was on my detachment in Afghanistan was Flight Lieutenant Michael 'Hedge' Head. Hedge was a fighter pilot flying F/A-18A Hornet fighters and, like his RAAF pilot colleagues, was extremely bright.
So much so that he has left RAAF and has commenced his medical training to become a doctor. Talk about an over achiever.
This painting shows him in front of his Hornet about to go on a mission. I have painted it in a similar theme to a painting of by Harold Freedman of Flight Lieutenant Clive Wawm standing in front of his aircraft. For more on this image, go to the Australian War Memorial website here. (ART31655)
Also shown is a photo of some of the guys on my Heron detachment as we await the RAAF Hercules to take us home. I'm standing in the middle holding my son's teddy bear which I took with me to Afghanistan. It managed to go out on patrol with some of the cavalry guys and even went for a flight in the Heron over Tarin Kot, amongst other adventures. Hedge is standing on the right of the picture holding onto his F88 Austeyr rifle. (For some reason, our Canadian exchange officer Brad (left) is wearing his helmet rather jauntingly. I'm not sure why!)