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RAAF simulator at Loreto: Flying officer Daniel "Fish" Fisher, Year 10 Students Lucy O'Loughlin and Isobelle DeLivera try on flight gear. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

RAAF simulator at Loreto: Flying officer Daniel "Fish" Fisher, Year 10 Students Lucy O'Loughlin and Isobelle DeLivera try on flight gear. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

Up and coming Top Guns were given their chance to perform at Loreto College this week, as the Royal Australian Air Force brought a flight simulator to the school.

The mobile Air Force Simulator Experience gave the students a chance to see what it was like to fly a F18 Super Hornet or F35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Flight Sergeant Peter Shomos is part of the RAAF’s Aviation Candidate Management Centre.

“We’re here to show the students around some of our aviation jobs,” says Sergeant Shomos.

Flying a Hornet at Loreto

He says there are both officer and NCO job descriptions being offered to the Loreto students, including pilots, air combat officer roles and air traffic control jobs.

“There are also airborne electronics experts, which is what I do. We’re not here to recruit people, but to motivate them and give them a look at what we do.”

Mr Shomos said a trip to the Avalon Air Show when he was in Year 7 sparked his interest in military aviation.

RAAF Hornet simulator: Loreto College Year 12 student Ailish Murphy-McKay pilots over Point Cook in the simulation. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

RAAF Hornet simulator: Loreto College Year 12 student Ailish Murphy-McKay pilots over Point Cook in the simulation. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

Loreto students Isobelle DeLivera and Lucy O’Lachlan say the chance to fly an air force jet was exciting even if it was simulated.

“We got in and learned how to take off. We’re at an air show, so we fly off, we do a couple of tricks, we shoot an enemy, we land… but an accident happened landing,” says Isobelle.

“I landed the jet into some spectators,” says Lucy, “I killed about 200 people.”

Despite her disastrous crash, Lucy says she’s interested in a career in the air force.