Brooke Chivers and Aroha Fifield The Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Bruce Scott, said today two women had completed an intensive training course to become the first female officers in the Royal Australian Air Force to graduate to fast jets.
Flying Officer Brooke Chivers and Pilot Officer Aroha Fifield have earned their brevets as navigators in the RAAF's frontline F 111 squadrons at the Amberley base purple oakley sunglasses near Ipswich in south east Queensland. Mr Scott said the women's graduation as F 111 comprar oakley navigators signalled a major milestone for the RAAF and the opportunities now available to females in today's modern Defence Force. He said the two women should be very proud of their status within the RAAF's aircrews as fast jet training was the most difficult in military aviation. "Flying Officer Chivers, Pilot Officer Fifield and their four male colleagues from this latest F 111 conversion course face a major responsibility flying the F 111 strike aircraft and join a dedicated and professional team oakley circle glasses at Amberley which fly, maintain and support these high tech aircraft," he said. "This milestone illustrates the many opportunities available to women in the Australian Defence Force and their increasingly important contribution to the Services. "In fact, only a few months ago another woman, Air Commodore Julie Hammer, became the first female officer to be promoted to an air rank in the history of the RAAF and a one star general in the ADF." Mr Scott said although the ADF had had female pilots and navigators for several years, this was the first time women had joined what is termed the 'fast jet' stream of military aviation in the ADF. He said more women were showing interest in a flying career with the Defence Force and there were now about 25 female pilots and navigators in the ADF with another dozen oakley ducati in training. The RAAF has 17 female pilots and navigators, including one working as a test pilot in the United States and another flying with the Roulettes aerobatic team. The RAAF women work on a variety of aircraft including the C 130 Hercules and P 3 Orions. Brooke, who is posted to the RAAF base in Amberley, Queensland, is one of only two females flying F 111s in Australia. She has been flying the supersonic planes since 1999 and has taken part in live bombings at Tindal in the Northern Territory and Shoalwater Bay, near Rockhampton. She has also taken part in international exercises in Malaysia, Hawaii and Darwin. Young Women Speak: Our Strengths, Our Diversity, Our Future[a presentation by] FLT LT Brooke Chivers What is an F111? The F111 is a military fast jet, and Australia has two types of these: the F111, which has two roles, the strike role and the reconnaissance role, but it's primarily used as a bomber in the air to surface concept.
The other one is the FA 18 Hornet. That's your Top Gun stuff. That's your air to air role as it is used primarily, although it does have other roles, and no women in Australia had been qualified on fast jets until myself and Aroha [Fifield] were qualified last year.
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