Chris Huet flew fighter jets with precision and now speaks with passion! He is an award winning, national poetry champion and communications coach, who also applies the principles drawn from his flying fast jets.
Chris's Air Force career started with a Bachelor of Arts at the Australian Defence Force Academy before graduating to being a Hornet pilot. In a near-20-year career with the RAAF, Chris ultimately led the fighter training school with a staff of 200 personnel as well as 14 F/A-18 Hornet jets.
Chris had always written poetry. He realised that communicating was his passion. And that his poetry was a key vehicle for communications, and it has plenty of transferrable components.
Enter CJ Bowerbird. Chris's 'nom de plume'. Chris was the Australian champion of the Australian Poetry Slam. CJ Bowerbird loves to challenge our emotions- to make us feel!
To just feel something!
In 2018, Chris released Beyond This Blue, a recording of the show he wrote and performed with the Downfall Choir for the 2017 National Folk Festival.
This interview left Ben and Tim grinning from ear to ear- just listen to the poem about the billy cart!
Tim then was on a flight.... and he wrote this to Chris:
"Chris, A big thanks for yesterday. We had a quick listen to the audio and we think that it will be very special. Thanks for sharing. Indeed, more than that for me. Thanks for inspiring. On full charge from CJ Bowerbird, last nights whisky and today’s Eckhart Tolle.... I put pen to paper in flight and wrote for the first time in years.
CJ Bowerbird & the Downfall Choir: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/cjbowerbird
As always from The Externals .... available on spotify
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Unforgiving60 Playlist (songs from our guests): https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7cjO1k0evBeP2nFxX83Akp?si=9m8a9K9kSEOg7typYrIq8g