Manage episode 273801285 series 2801319
We have Mandy Hickson. Mandy was the second woman to fly the Tornado GR4 operationally, completed three tours of duty and flew 45 missions over Iraq.
Mandy learned not to shy away from failure. After two unsuccessful attempts at the RAF flying aptitude tests, reaching the limit of times that they can be taken, her goals appeared to be unattainable. Undeterred, Mandy went on to join the RAF as an Air Traffic Controller and continued to make her case for becoming a pilot throughout her officer training. Finally, the RAF decided to offer her pilot training as a test case, having observed her skills in the real world.
The only female aircrew, Mandy trained on the Firefly, Tucano and Hawk aircraft, and was awarded many prizes for leadership. She was the second woman to fly the Tornado GR4 operationally, and completed three tours of duty and flew 45 missions over Iraq.
This is a great insight into her journey, the hurdles that would have stopped most people in their tracks and an insight into what it is to operate in this world.