TWO Feltham teenagers have experienced what life is like for air force personnel after completing a week-long RAF work experience course.
Astra Parker, 15, and 14-year-old Katie Park, both pupils at St Pauls Catholic College in Feltham, spent their half term holiday at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire.
The pair spent the week in the uniform of the GVC Air Cadets, stayed in the junior ranks barrack rooms and participated in RAF fitness and drill exercises.
While on the course they completed Silver CREST (Creativity in Engineering Science and Technology) Awards, a national scheme for project work in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Astra, who completed an intricate logistics plan for an RAF expedition as her course work submission for the award said: “The early mornings were tricky, but seeing some of the aeroplanes in real life was amazing.”
Katie added: "The maths was hard but the results were worth it."
The pair were joined at RAF Halton by cadets from across the country and the course was designed to introduce the youngsters to the complex world of military logistics.
Course organiser Squadron Leader Glynn Dean said: "We run several courses of this kind each year to give young people a glimpse into the career possibilities in the Royal Air Force.
"All of the girls on this course have spent a week with RAF personnel looking at everything from catering and supply ordering to aircraft loading and fuel quality analysis."