His request approved, the Bulletin Newspaper
photographer quickly used his mobile phone to
call the Townsville airport to charter a flight.
He was told a twin-engine plane
would be waiting for him at the airport.
Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane
warming up outside a hanger.
He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut,
and shouted, 'Let's go'.
The pilot taxied out, swung the plane
into the wind and took off.
Once in the air, the photographer instructed
the pilot, 'Fly over Mount Stuart and make
low passes so I can take pictures
of the fires on the hillsides.'
'Why?' asked the pilot.
'Because I'm a photographer for the Bulletin'
he responded,' and I need to get
some close up shots.'
The pilot was strangely silent for a moment,
finally he stammered, 'So, what you're telling me,
is . . .. You're NOT my flight instructor?'