In 2009, following a decorated career as a RAAF combat fighter, Australia’s very own top gun pilot Matt Hall became the first Australian ever to compete in the Red Bull Air Race World Championships, the fastest and most exciting sport on the planet. Hall finished the season third overall to become the first rookie in history to end his debut season on the podium. He followed that up with two podium finishes in 2010.
Hall is a highly credentialed and skilled pilot with over 1500 Hornet hours, 500 hours in the F-15E Strike Eagle (including combat), over 700 hours in light aircraft and over 600 hours doing aerobatics. Ending his military career in 2009 as a Wing Commander, Hall was awarded dux of his Fighter Combat Instructor Course -Top Gun (1999), F/A-18 Hornet Operational Conversion Course (1995), Basic Fighter Pilot Course (1994) and Wings course (1992) and was also awarded Fighter Pilot of the Year in 1997.
He has represented Australia as a United States Air Force (USAF) exchange officer in North Carolina, USA, instructed F-15E aircrew attending USAF Weapons School and briefed Australian Embassy staff at Washington annually on accomplishments and recommendations for future RAAF operations. Hall was also awarded the Air Medal and an Air Medal First Oak Leaf Cluster for operational service in Iraq where he flew in the second Gulf War.
A highly self-disciplined individual, Hall is respected for his ability to communicate with people at all levels and is greatly admired for his focus under pressure and leadership qualities. He is an outstanding motivator and is a popular public speaker, mentor and role model. Hall has represented Australia for most of his life in the Royal Australian Air Force, one of the highest honours any Australian can aspire to. And now he gets to represent Australia in sport, a fantastic story for a very proud Aussie.
After finishing a close 2nd in 2015, Matt returns as one of the favourites to take the title in the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship.