Hoggy takes flight

Brad Hogg with pilot instructor John Douglas. Picture: Matt Jelonek           d440811
Brad Hogg with pilot instructor John Douglas. Picture: Matt Jelonek         d440811

The pair left the Royal Aero Club at Jandakot Airport about 8.45am in a de Havilland Tiger Moth, an aircraft used across the world to train pilots during World War II.

Hogg said he had always wanted to take to the sky in the special aircraft.

�To be honest I woke up a couple of times just to make sure I didn�t miss the alarm,� he said after the flight.

�I was really looking forward to it.�

The flight included passes over many Perth landmarks, but it was the aerobatics that Hogg really enjoyed.

�The aerobatics I thought were going to be a lot more scary or frightening than what it was, but that was the best part of the flight,� he said.

Besides the thrill of taking in Perth, the coast and his old stamping ground the WACA from a new perspective, Hogg had another reason for want-ing to take part in the flight.

His granddad, Flight Lieutenant Arthur Vernon Hall, flew Tiger Moths with the Royal Australia Air Force.

Adding to that, Hogg�s pilot on Wednesday knew his granddad from their time in Narrogin.

Mr Douglas said there was nothing better than the run they performed last week.

�You don�t get too much open cockpit flying now. It�s all mainly enclosed � like taking a car up,� he said.

�Every flight I go in I thoroughly enjoy and I enjoy other people getting that as well, especially someone like Brad.

�He�s had so many experiences around the world but to give him a new one that he hasn�t done before, is special.�