Introducing Flight Lieutenant Peter Nuske
In 1961, Peter started work as a trainee Metallurgist at BHP Newcastle.
Peter could see Mirages taking off at Williamtown and in 1967, he joined the RAAF as a trainee pilot and graduated to fly Canberra Bombers.
Peter was posted to 2 Squadron in Phan Rang, Vietnam in 1969. He flew 233 bombing missions.
In 1970, he returned to Williamtown for fighter training, and got married. He was posted to 76 Squadron on Mirages. He completed an Advanced Navigation course and then joined 77 Squadron.
After this, he completed the much sort after Fighter Combat Instructor course, and then instructed new fighter pilots at Operational Conversion Unit Williamtown.
In 1976, he flew an F15 Eagle at Williamtown. Yes an F15 at Williamtown.
In 1977, Pete resigned and bought a banana plantation in Coffs Harbour. He also built his own house using recycled materials.
Pete then took a job managing a galvanising plant in Coffs Harbour and commenced a degree in Mathematics and Computing. Subsequently he joined Commonwealth Public Service in Coffs Harbour, finished his degree and secured a job in Canberra as an IT programmer.
In 2002, he took retirement, built a home in Coffs, restarted a previous job as a contractor, commuting Coffs – Canberra for 12 months before in 2005 taking permanent retirement at Coffs.
Over the last 12 years he has been a Rural Fire Service volunteer, and 3 years ago joined Veterans Centre Mid North Coast as Secretary.