Hazelmere Top Gun Ruth feels the need for speed

Ruth Staer (17) of Hazelmere at the Air Force Flight Camp for Young Women at RAAF Base Pearce.
Ruth Staer (17) of Hazelmere at the Air Force Flight Camp for Young Women at RAAF Base Pearce.

LIKE Tom Cruise’s character Maverick in Top Gun, Hazelmere resident Ruth Staer has the need for speed.

Reminiscent of scenes from the 1986 film, Ruth last week pulled on an iconic army green jumpsuit before getting in the pilot seat of fast planes.

The ECU Joondalup aviation student was one of 14 girls from across the state who took part in the Air Force Flight Camp for Young Women.

Held at the RAAF Base Pearce in Bullsbrook, the camp was designed to give young women between 16-24 an opportunity to explore aviation and technical trade careers with the air force.

Ruth (18), who aspires to become an air force pilot specialising in VIP passengers or fast jets, said the camp was an incredible experience that gave her the chance to fly at fast speeds and experience what wearing a G-force suit actually felt like.

“I got to fly the PC/9 and also be a part of a group expedition on the C-27J Spartan,” she said.

Flight Sergeant Michelle Snape, Ruth Staer, Jessica Read, Jorja DeMamiel, and Squadron Leader Jacqueline Killian at the Air Force Flight Camp for Young Women at RAAF Base Pearce.

“One of the major challenges I faced during the camp was mentally telling myself not to get sick when I flew and pulled 5G on the PC/9 for the first time, since it’s normal to feel nauseated when pulling G.”

Flight camp officer-in-charge squadron leader Jacqueline Killian, from the ACT, said the camp encouraged young women to consider employment in military and aviation.

“Currently less that 13 per cent of the aviation roles are filled by women, and the camp gives us an opportunity to show them that there are so many interesting and exiting jobs out there for them,” she said.

“It’s great to give them a positive experience and show the great opportunities the air force can provide in a career.”

MORE: Mounted police and their horses bring calm to streets of Perth

MORE: Masked robber threatens woman at service station

MORE: Three people charged over car crash into house in Beechboro