Cadets Learn About Aviation Careers

Cadet Cheyenne Adams puts on a flight helmet while seated in the cockpit of an F-16.

A group of Air Force Junior ROTC cadets traveled to southern Arizona on Nov. 28 to learn about future career opportunities in the field of aviation.

First they visited the Air Force Reserve Test Center at Tucson International Airport where the students heard presentations by civilian as well as military personnel associated with aviation careers. After the presentations the cadets went out to the flight line and military aircraft parking area. They were given a briefing and allowed to sit in a military F-16 fighter jet.

From the airport the cadets traveled to Pinal Air Park in Marana and were given presentations on Army aviation.  They toured a helicopter squadron and got up close and personal with a few helicopters: an AH 64 Apache Longbow,  a UH-60 Blackhawk,  a UH-72 Lakota, and a TH-67 Creek.

AFJROTC instructor Col. Tom McKinley, history teacher Mr. Don Guillory and school nurse Ms. Angie  Auerbach chaperoned the cadets on the trip.