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Interview with Amanda Edwards, ground crew aircraft engineer for the RAF

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Written by: Joshua H and Kyle C.

On the 29th October, the Chai Times reporters had the opportunity to interview Amanda Edwards from the RAF. It was fascinating listening to what she had to say.

Here are some of the questions we asked

How long have you worked for the RAF?

I have worked for the RAF for 25 years.

 What is your role?

I am a ground crew aircraft engineer.

 What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy the travelling, sport. the variety of roles and the ability to gain qualifications.

 Have you had an opportunity to travel with your job, if so where?

  I have been all around the world – The Falklands, Australia, Kenya, USA, Canada.

 What is your most memorable experience with the RAF?

  My most memorable experience is landing in the Falklands in June in 6 foot of snow!

What do you think about the uniform? Do you like wearing it?

Yes, because I don’t need to worry about what to wear everyday. I can wear different things depending on the occasion.

Would you recommend joining the RAF? If so why?

Yes, because of all the opportunities to travel; learn new skills; the leisure opportunities; the cheap accommodation and the qualifications you can gain.

What different roles can you do in the RAF?

There are about 50 different roles: doctors, radiographers, nurses, engineers, pilots, drivers, chefs, administration staff, air traffic control etc.

 How do you get a job/career with the RAF?

You could start by joining the cadets. You could go online, look at the website and then fill in an application form. You will then be asked to attend an interview. You will be also asked to do a medical test, a fitness test and aptitude test.

 What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about joining the RAF?

I would advise someone who is thinking of joining the RAF to improve their fitness and attend the cadets. Think about the qualities you would need and then try to experience opportunities to evidence it, such as duke of Edinburgh award and charity fund raising events.

Have you ever been in a dangerous situation?

Yes, potentially, when I was in Kenya, close to the Somali border. We had a 9 o’clock curfew and we had to be careful who we were associating with.

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