On September 22 1995, Major Glenn Todhunter found himself trapped in the wreckage of his aircraft after it had crashed heavily from 200ft during a training ﬂight. He almost died.
After several days in intensive care on life support, his journey back to health required amputation of both his legs below the knee and two months in hospital. What followed over the next eight years was a landmark journey rebuilding his life learning to walk, drive and ﬂy again.
After been told by senior military officials he would never fly again for Defence with a disability, Glenn succeeded and in doing so became the first and only bilateral amputee aviator to have served in the history of the Australian Defence Force. To date Glenn has flown both rotary and fixed wing aircraft for the Australian Army.
Glenn actively enjoys sharing his experiences with others endeavouring to assist people that have experienced trauma and/or adversity with a message to conquer fear with resilience. Glenn enjoys visiting schools to help raise awareness of disability as a mainstream issue, has been an active member of amputee and disability support groups and for the past decade a corporate keynote speaker.
In acknowledgement of his achievements, Glenn is the only non-doctor to be awarded lifetime honorary membership to the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine. He has featured on the ABC’s Australian Story and was selected as one of four finalists for the 2006 Suncorp Queenslander of the Year. Glenn proudly works for the Royal Flying Doctor Service - South Eastern Section as their Head of Flight Training. Glenn enjoys employing his professional and personal experience to contribute to and develop the same aeromedical sector that saved his life in 1995.