A PASSION for aviation and an ambition to join the navy brought Toormina High School student Brenton Knight all the way to Tamworth for the Festival of Flight.
Brenton is in Year 9 at Toormina, just south of Coffs Harbour, but has wanted to fly since he could barely walk.
He’s so enthusiastic he won an essay competition that saw him watching the Sydney Fleet Review from Garden Island recently.
His father, David, brought Brenton to Tamworth for the careers day and Festival of Flight.
“From a young age Brenton watched war movies and wrote things about the military,” Mr Knight said.
Brenton said he wanted to attend the careers day because coming from a regional area, he didn’t get the exposure to these aircraft that were in Tamworth at the weekend.
“Seeing these planes is unreal, especially coming all this way has been totally worth it,” he said.
“I want to be a navy pilot or air warfare officer. It’s even better that all three services are here.”
Brenton said he wanted to gain as much experience as he could, as young as he could, and get all the information he needed to make his dreams come true.
“What keeps me going in my studying is having that goal and having a goal is something every kid should have,” he said.
“My school’s been supportive of that too.”
He said he chose the navy because he’d grown up around water and Coffs Harbour had strong links to the navy with training ship Vendetta.
Also travelling to peruse their career options were Ashford Central School Year 10 students Dean Bentley and Adam Press.
They will both study engineering next year.
Adam said he enjoyed looking at the aircraft, which included a Navy Squirrell, Sea King and Bell 429.
Dean said he wanted to see what opportunities there were in engineering.