Peter Hayton enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in May 1977 and was discharged in January 2002. During his service he worked at a variety of operational Squadrons – 5 Squadron AS-350B Squirrel and UH-1H Iroquois helicopters from 1986-1990 and 37 Squadron C130E Hercules aircraft, CH47B Dakota aircraft. He was selected to train with Lockheed Martin for the acquisition of the C130J Hercules Aircraft. Peter worked with Lockheed Martin and brought the first Australian crewed C130J back to Australia in October 1999. Peter was then posted to develop 285 Squadron Training for all C130 aircraft utilised by the RAAF – C130E Hercules, C130H Hercules C130J Hercules. Peter served at various RAAF bases throughout his service, including Wagga Wagga, Laverton, Amberley, Fairbairn, Pearce, Richmond and Townsville. Following his discharge from the RAAF in 2002, he worked with Queensland Health as a Payroll Officer and later as Assistant Manager Clinical Administration. In 2007 Peter joined Department of Housing and Public Works as a Program Officer until his retirement in 2013.