FLYING SOLO: Rockhampton Airforce Cadet Under Officer Jack Austin is all smiles after completing his first solo flight.
FLYING SOLO: Rockhampton Airforce Cadet Under Officer Jack Austin is all smiles after completing his first solo flight. Neil James MacLeod

Rocky cadet Jack flys over Royal Australian Air Force Base

ROCKHAMPTON Air Force cadet Jack Austin couldn't wipe the smile off his face after taking to the skies for his solo flight last week.  

At the controls of a Piper Tomahawk two-seater aircraft, the 19-year-old soared over the Royal Australian Air Force Base at Amberley, near Ipswich.  

"It was the feeling of freedom and achievement that I had been working towards for so long," he said.

"I couldn't wipe the smile off my face knowing that I had flown by myself."  

Jack, who is also a second year nursing student at CQUniversity, took advantage of his study break to travel to the base and attend an Australian Air Force Cadets flying camp and continue his training at Number 2 Wings' flying school.  

Once he finishes his studies, Jack hopes to become a nursing officer in the air force.   

He said he believed the air force cadets gave him a great foundation for the future.   "The AAFC gave me the confidence to follow my dreams," he said.  

"I don't think I'd be where I am in life with the friends I have if it wasn't for my time in cadets."    

Jack also encouraged others to join.   

"If you're between 13 and 18 join up," he said.  

"We go out bush on camps, visit Air Force Bases like Amberley and you can learn to fly in gliders or powered aircraft like I have."  

For more information on joining the Australian Air Force Cadets as a cadet or adult instructor visit www.aafc.org.au



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