Jo Salter, Britain’s first female fast jet fighter pilot, was the guest speaker for the Clacton Arts and Literary Society this Monday evening. Jo joined the R.A.F. aged 18 as an Engineering Officer and went on to train as a pilot when the Government allowed women to fly jet aircraft. Being the first woman offered many different challenges, but passing numerous exams and tests (including being the correct size to fit into a cockpit), she joined the 617 Squadron at R.A.F. Lossiemouth as a Flight Lieutenant in 1994.
Jo shared her experiences of meeting these challenges whilst on operational tours of duty and taking part in large international Nato exercises around the world, her inspiring tales filled with much humour and energy made for a very honest insight into life in the services.
By Mary Adam
November 30th – JO SALTER, Britain’s first female jet pilot, presents ‘A BIRDS EYE VIEW’. Having been one of only five women fighter pilots in the world in 1992, Jo’s tales from such an elite world offer an interesting insight into meeting challenges and succeeding.