TOUR GUIDES: Squadron Leader Nathan Thompson, Equipo Jess Miles and 2 SECFOR, ADG Cameron McKellar were some of the crew members showing the community through the aircraft.
TOUR GUIDES: Squadron Leader Nathan Thompson, Equipo Jess Miles and 2 SECFOR, ADG Cameron McKellar were some of the crew members showing the community through the aircraft. Laura Blackmore

GALLERY: Pilot reveals what life is really like in sky

YESTERDAY hundreds of South Burnett locals queued for over an hour to get a glimpse inside an air force aircraft.

On Saturday, September 7 an Air Force C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter landed at Wondai Airport.

From 9am to 1pm member's of Air Force No. 35 Squadron were amongst the crowds of people, imparting their knowledge and giving guided tours inside the plane.

Squadron Leader and pilot Nathan Thompson said being able to provide this type of event for the local people was rewarding because they regularly utilise the airport as a training ground.

 

Squadron Leader Nathan Thompson was enjoying his time at Wondai to meet the local community members.
Squadron Leader Nathan Thompson was enjoying his time at Wondai to meet the local community members. Laura Blackmore

"We are based at Amberley in South-East Queensland," Mr Thompson said.

"To be able to use a smaller airport like Wondai which is close by is fantastic as we have to practice in all different conditions.

"We have had some awesome feedback so far.

"By bringing the aircraft out here it gives us a chance to meet the community and thank them for allowing us to train here.

"We sometimes train at night, which means a lot of overhead noise.

"It's our way of showing our appreciation to them and to put some faces to the people flying above them," he said.

 

Crowds waited for over an hour to see inside the Air Force C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter at Wondai Airport.
Crowds waited for over an hour to see inside the Air Force C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter at Wondai Airport. Laura Blackmore

The dedicated Squadron Leader said one of his favourite things about his job was that it has allowed him to cover a lot of ground.

"It was a childhood dream of mine to be a pilot in the defence forces.

"Since joining the air force my wife and I have lived in seven different states in Australia.

"I always joke with her that we need to move to South Australia because then we would have lived in every state."

"She doesn't seem to like that joke too much though.

As the guests made their way through the aircraft, member's of the squadron cooked up a free sausage sizzle at the event.

PHOTOS: Check out our gallery of all the action at Wondai Airport.

 

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