Sean Trestrail was born in Kenya and emigrated to Australia in 1969. His father was an ex-RAF Engine Fitter and imbued Sean with a total fascination for aviation from a very early age.
Trestrail attained his PPL through an Air Training Corp flying scholarship at age 17, and he joined the RAAF in 1975.
After the pilots course on the Winjeel and Macchi, Sean went on to fly Mirages and graduated as a Fighter Combat Instructor.
After instructing at the fighter training school (2OCU), Sean went on to the F/A-18. He helped develop the RAAF (and RCAF) Computer Based Training system for the Hornet conversion course with McDonnell Douglas in the USA and returned to join the first home grown Hornet course.
Sean joined QANTAS in 1987 after a stint instructing on the Hornet at 2OCU, and has flown the Boeing 767, 747, Airbus A330 and is now Captain on the A380. Jim Eaglen sowed the Yak-52 seed by taking him for a ride.
Trestrail now owns Nanchang "Madam Chang" and flies in the Chang section of the team