Anzac Day 2017: Damien Wilkins pilots Anzac Day flyover in Hawk 127 fighter jet

Damien Wilkins is now a flight instructor with the RAAF.
Damien Wilkins is now a flight instructor with the RAAF.

Did you hear it? That deafening rumble overhead as the Hawk 127 fighter jet tore through the air.

The jet was flying at only 250ft above the ground, and passed the Armidale Anzac Day service at around 450 knots travelling north to south.

But here's what you might not know: The pilot was Damien Wilkins, who grew up in the New England region.

The Inverell boy went to school at Gilgai Public and Macintyre High School, then joined the Air Force after Year 12 with aspirations to fly.

The Hawk 127. Photo: defence.gov.au

The Hawk 127. Photo: defence.gov.au

These days he is one of the elite few who pilot the F-18 fighters, and has deployed to combat overseas.

On April 25, he left Williamtown Airbase at Newcastle and made a low pass over the Armidale Anzac Day service before he flew by Inverell and Glen Innes.