Wellard girl highest ranked female in Rockingham Air Force Cadets squadron

Emily Philippe and Reilly Davies.
Emily Philippe and Reilly Davies.

EMILY Philippe dreams of becoming a commercial pilot and is already the highest-ranked female in the history of the Australian Air Force Cadets Rockingham 708 Squadron.

She is completing an aviation course at school for Year 11 and hopes to one day fly for Qantas or Virgin.

Emily was inspired to study aviation because her uncle was a pilot.

“He also showed me the movie Top Gun, which was a big influence,” she said.

“I just love the idea of being in the air. It shows a whole new side to life.

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“My best chance to follow my dream was through cadets and that’s why I started as soon as I could.”

She said Air Force cadets also helped her develop leadership skills and improve her public speaking and communication skills.

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“My future plan after I leave school is to go to ADFA to become a pilot,” Emily said.

She attends cadets every Friday for four hours and completes courses such as the Sergeant course, which ran for 20 days in January.

“I’ve had this career since I was four years old,” Emily said.

“And I’m going to make sure I achieve everything.”

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