Kyrle Probus Club
   of Ross-on-Wye


‘A Woman in a Man’s World.’ - 16th May 2013
GUEST speaker Lynn Hilditch was literally a woman in a man’s world when she gave a talk at a recent meeting of Kyrle Probus Club and the title of her talk was appropriately ‘A Woman in a Man’s World.’
Lynn spoke of her life as an air traffic controller in the RAF. She said she began her training as one woman among six men, at RAF Henlow, where she also learned to fly. There followed a 12 weeks course to become an aerodrome controller and the next phase of training was approach controller.
This involved controlled descent through cloud, when they learned to bring the aircraft in time and time again close to the centre of the runway. They also learned that the aircraft dropped 1,000ft in every mile. Lynn moved on to RAF Wymeswold in Leicestershire and then RAF Wittering, where she came in touch with her favourite aircraft the Harrier.
She was then posted to RAF Akritiri in Cyprus, where she met her future husband. As a married woman she had to leave the service and was posted back to England in 1975. She never thought she would be able to rejoin the Air Force, but she managed to, becoming air traffic controller at Brize Nortin in 1984.
She went to Kosovo in 1989 and finally spent 16 years at RAF Colerne. Lynn reflected on how things had changed during her time as air traffic controller in the RAF. When she retired from the service, women made up about nine per cent of the RAF personnel, but of that nine per cent, 40 per cent were in air traffic control.
Recent outings for Kyrle Probus members have included a day on the Severn Valley Railway, travelling by steam train from Kidderminster to Highley, where they visited the nearby Engine House visitor centre, a modern building that houses a reserve collection of steam locomotives and also exhibitions.
A group of members also recently visited the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre, where they enjoyed a performance of ‘High Society.’

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