Portrait of Wing Commander Adrian Maso
Oil on canvas
Whilst I was deployed as an Air Vehicle Operator (Drone Pilot) with the RAAF, the detachment was commanded by Wing Commander Adrian Maso, a fighter pilot.
He and I got on famously for we were both children of the '80s and trivia nuts. HIs laid back attitude, and the professionalism and 'get the job done' attitude of everyone on the detachment.
This painting, part of the RAAF Official collection, shows Wing Commander Maso in a contemplative mood standing in front of a concrete wall which was the protective barrier for our compound where our Ground Control Stations were, the modular containers from where we flew our drones. Depicted on the wall is the image of Lieutenant Marcus Case, an Army pilot who was on a RAAF drone detachment and who was slated to proceed on pilot's course to fly Chinook helicopters.
When the opportunity to go for a ride in a Chinook presented itself, he
was given permission to do so, however the aircraft crashed and he was