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Parkwood's AFJROTC Travels To Florida And Back In One School Day

AFJROTC Cadets Haley Baerga and Andrew Eubanks sat in the cockpit of a C-130 for takeoff.

Not many students can say that they traveled to Florida and flew over the beach on a school day and still received attendance credit! On November 30, 2012, Parkwood High’s AFJROTC boarded NC ANG C-130 Flight and flew along the Atlantic coastline to central Florida. They then flew back up the coast to New River Marine Corps Air Station (next to Camp Lejeune) near Jacksonville, North Carolina.

At the air station, the cadets witnessed the pilots performing multiple takeoffs and landings before returning to Charlotte. Nearly all of the cadets were in the cockpit for a takeoff and/or a landing. The mission of the plane’s crew was to train for aeromedical evacuation. Parkwood’s cadets had the opportunity to converse with the aircrew up front and the medical crew in the rear of the plane which allowed them to learn about various medical career fields available in the Air Force. “It was very educational and sparked an interest in aviation for me,” said sophomore Andrew Eubanks.

Written by: Lt. Col. Eric Kelly (Ret) and Kaelie Carter, 11th grade student
Posted: Dec 10, 2012 by Regina Snelson

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