SAFETY Bay resident Ruby Trevor got the chance to make her dreams a reality at the Girls Flight Camp at RAAF Base Pearce earlier this month.
Supported by the Defence Work Experience Program, Ruby was chosen from more than 30 applications.
During a week in the life of the air force, Ruby experienced everything from flying a PC-9/A aircraft herself to flying in a C-27J Spartan, various leadership activities and physical training.
“I’m hoping to become a pilot once I finish school,” she said. “I’d heard so many things about how amazing the air force is but there wasn’t really any chance for me to look into the air force piloting until this camp.
“When I was accepted, I knew that my decision would be a lot easier.
“My favourite activity was when we were taken up in the air on a C-27J aircraft. We were in the sky for almost two hours, they even opened up the back of the plane mid-flight as we went over the coastline, it was just unreal.
“Aviation was something I overlooked as a possible career for many years. In the past 12 months, I kept coming back to piloting and I found it better suited me over other roles in not only aviation but other careers as well.”
Air Force Girls Flight Camp is an initiative to increase capability through diversity and female recruitment. The camp, attended by 13 girls aged 16 to 22 years, was held at RAAF Base Pearce from October 3 to 6.
The participants also experienced the day-to-day routine of an air force base and had several opportunities to engage with current air force members and Defence Force Recruiting specialists to discuss possible careers within the military.