On Nov. 17, 2017 Neuse Charter School seniors learned what it takes to “fly, fight, and win” as they took on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base for the first time.
The senior class trip touring the Goldsboro base helped graduating seniors see what it is really like to be an Airman.
The first thing the seniors toured was an F-15E Strike Eagle. The F-15 is a jet that goes 1,400 mph and is two times faster than the speed of sound. A pilot assigned to the base informed the group it costs $11,000 just to take off in one of these jets.
Seniors then got to see a KC-135R Stratotanker. A KC-135 is a big plane that holds fuel for other jets/planes so if they run low on fuel during their mission, a tanker can fill them up mid-air. The Stratotanker goes up to 300 mph and holds up to 50 people. It can carry 220,000lb of gas.
Neuse Cougars then got to see the weapons load barn which was a huge hit for most of the seniors. The weapons load barn keeps two fighter jets along with various bombs and missiles. A special vehicle makes sure the bomb is located in the right place, or if needed will take a bomb away from an area it is not supposed to be.
The last part of the tour was visiting the military working dogs. The military dogs were a favorite of the group. While visiting the kennel, seniors got to watch a German Shepherd during training. In training, military police officers teach the dogs to be obedient and to attack only when needed. If a person runs, attacks, or does not listen to commands given by the officer then the officer will tell the dog to attack until the situation is under control.
Caitlin Miller, an NCS senior, said her favorite part was watching the dog being trained. “My favorite part was learning about the different bombs in the weapon barn,” said Patrick LePage. Seniors learned a lot and enjoyed the experience.
Chaperones also took away some knowledge and thrill from the experience. Beth Miller, senior seminar instructor, said she definitely enjoyed the trip and hopes the NCS Senior class enjoyed this awesome experience!