From 7-10 March I attended the Air Force Women's Flight Camp at RAAF Base Amberley. I was one of sixteen lucky ladies selected, ranging from Year 11 to university students.
We participated in many exciting activities over the four days. To give us a feel for aviation, we flew two full motion simulators, toured KC30s, Globemasters and even Super Hornets, and to top it all off we went for a flight over the coast in a C130 Hercules. We took turns sitting on the open ramp whilst flying at low altitude, and I was fortunate to be one of four chosen to sit in the cockpit for landing.
We visited other parts of the base, including the air traffic control tower, fire station, the gym where we tested our fitness and teamwork, the weapons simulator where we fired a variety of weapons, and we even dropped by the Air Force puppies for cuddles.
I highly recommend the Flight Camp to CGGS students who are interested in the Air Force or aviation.
Photo: Catherine Barnsley (back row, second right) at the Air Force Women’s Flight Camp – RAAF Base Amberley.