Future top guns get a feel for flying fighter jets


Some lucky Brisbane high school students have had a hands-on lesson in supersonic flight.

They experienced what it was like to fly an air force fighter jet without even leaving the ground.

Brittany Graham, QUT News.

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It was a lesson they won’t forget in a hurry.

These aspiring Top Guns from Brisbane State High taking the controls in an F-18 Super Hornet simulator.

Vox 1: “It’s a really cool experience.”

Vox 2: “I wasn’t thinking about a career in the air force, but it’s crazy I will have to consider it now.”

It’s all part of a new RAAF recruiting campaign.

Ross Farquharson, Flight Simulator: “The software actually allows us to fly with about 95 per cent accuracy, simulate the F-18 Super Hornet so its very realistic. The only thing is you don’t feel the G Force.”

The cockpits used in the simulators are the real deal too, previously used in US fighter jets.

This F-18 Flight Simulator is the first of its kind, givings kids the opportunity to see what it’s really like to fly a fighter jet.

Vox 3: “It’s really great. I want to be a pilot.”

The experience also gave students who don’t feel the need for speed an idea of what types of jobs they can do in the air force.

Amy Tinto, Air Traffic Controller: “Being an air traffic controller in air force is really different to being an air traffic controller in the civilian world because we get to do all these extra things as well.”

Taking off on a possible new career path.

Brittany Graham, QUT News.


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