Flight Lieutenant James Dutschke

Flight Lieutenant James Dutschke grew up in the Barossa Valley, SA, and joined the Air Force in 2007, having flown gliders from the age of 16.

Following graduation from No. 215 Pilots Course in 2009, Flight Lieutenant Dutschke flew the Hawk 127 Lead-in Fighter aircraft before posting to 82 Wing to complete the first Australian-run F/A-18F Super Hornet conversion in 2011. He then posted to No. 1 Squadron (1SQN) at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD.

In 2014, Flight Lieutenant Dutschke graduated as a Qualified Flying Instructor and began instructing on the CT4/B at the Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School in Tamworth, NSW.

In 2017, Flight Lieutenant Dutschke posted back to 1SQN where he completed an operational tour and three years instructing on the F/A-18F Super Hornet.

In 2022, Flight Lieutenant Dutschke posted to Central Flying School to instruct on the Pilatus PC-21, and has amassed over 3,300 military flying hours. This is Flight Lieutenant Dutschke’s first season flying with the Roulettes.

Outside of work, Flight Lieutenant Dutschke loves family time with his wife and young sons, as well as Mountain Biking and Skiing.