Peter Condon's story
Peter Damien Condon was born on 18 June 1945 in North Adelaide, South Australia.
In late 1961, Peter began his flying career with a scholarship as a cadet at the Air Training Corps in Adelaide. He got his private pilot's licence the following year, when he was 16.
At 18, Peter joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He undertook flying training at Point Cook with No. 52 Pilot Course, which led him to take on advanced flying training on a Vampire jet based in Pearce, Western Australia.
Peter was deployed to Malaysia twice with No. 75 Squadron, RAAF. His unit conducted air defence and monitored air combat tactics.
A trained fighter pilot, Peter served in South Vietnam as a forward air controller, directing air attacks in support of ground troops. It was a dangerous role that involved flying slow light aircraft over the enemy and directing pilots to their targets. It also involved artillery adjustment, visual reconnaissance, assisting with navigation and controlling airstrikes.
During his time in Vietnam, Peter volunteered for a 3-month secondment to help the United States 9th Infantry Division.
In September 1969, he finished his 8-month posting to Vietnam and was promoted to Flight Lieutenant.
After Vietnam, Peter continued his career in the RAAF. In 1973, he underwent pilot's instructor training. During this time, he also performed synchronised aerobatic routines for air displays around the country.
Peter served 23 years in the RAAF and retired in 1986.