Glen Ferrarotto - An aviation background

Running time
1 min 30 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


I grew up with aviation in the background, so my dad, he wanted to be a pilot when he was growing up and his parents, my Nonno and Nonna, they thought being a pilot was too dangerous, so they discouraged Dad from doing that. So Dad went into finance and became a bank manager at Westpac and he was with the bank for 30 or 40 years. But he eventually got his private pilot license, so as a young boy, I'd go flying with Dad and I remember Dad going through that journey and finally achieving what he wanted to achieve as a pilot and I think Dad was...

He had encouraged me to find that dream as well, he built me a wooden plane for the backyard once and replicated a fighter jet and it was just made out of old scraps of wood and a few bits of rubber and bits and pieces and I'd sit in that for hours in the backyard. But as I said, my mathematical and physics aptitude just would never meet the standards, so it never really worked out that way unfortunately. But still a huge aviation fan and I've since gone on to get my own private pilot license since leaving the Army.

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