Rare experience offered at Fighter World Williamtown

RARE OPPORTUNITY: Terry Wells at Fighter World with a F-111. Picture: Stephen WarkIN A first, Fighter World will open the cockpits on three of its aircraft and give just 21 people the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a pilot.

For $50, which includes entry into the Williamtown aviation museum, Fighter World is giving 21 people the opportunity to sit in a F-111C, Mirage III and MiG-21.

“They are some of Australia’s most iconic strike fighters,” Fighter World’s Terry Wells said.

“They are generally not available for the public to sit in.”

Mr Wells said this was to ensure the integrity of the cockpits in the retired planes remained intact.

The cost of entry is also inclusive of talking with current and retired pilots who have flown the aircraft.

Squadron Leader Zalie Duffy, a weapons officer with Williamtown RAAF Base, and retired pilot Ron Bashford would provide commentary on the F-111C.

Former Mirage pilots Dick Coleman and John Quaife will talk about the aircraft they flew before retiring while Williamtown RAAF Base Squadron Leader Phil Frawley will commentate on the Mirage.

The open cockpit day is on Sunday, October 5.

Tickets are available from Fighter World now by phoning 4965 1810.

Mr Wells said this unique opportunity should be an attraction for visitors and a motivator for Port Stephens residents who have never been to Fighter World to come in.

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