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Air & Space Speaker Series – The Adventures of an Air Force Test Pilot by Squadron Leader Marija Jovanovich

From early aviation pioneers, to Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier over Edwards Air Force Base in 1947, and certainly since, flight test has always been about pushing the envelope. It’s also about the perfect marriage of scientific theory and practice, in which flight test aircrew conduct sophisticated (and sometimes terrifying) experiments in their flying laboratories. Marija will be talking about the history and science of flight test, as well as sharing stories about some of her adventures as an Air Force pilot and some of the magnificent aircraft she has flown.

Attend this event and receive a complimentary single entry into Questacon. Visit during opening hours before 8 October 2017 and explore the blockbuster aviation and aerospace exhibition – Above and Beyond presented by Boeing.

This event is suitable for ages 14 and above.

Tickets are available here.


Squadron Leader Marija Jovanovich

Squadron Leader Marija Jovanovich was born in the former Yugoslavia in 1982, emigrated to New Zealand with her family in 1995 and subsequently to Australia in 2001. She also joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 2001, commencing her studies at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. She graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2004, with a Bachelor of Science majoring in physics and mathematics, with Honours and a University Medal in physics. Since then, she has earnt two Masters degrees, in Systems Engineering in 2013 and in Science, specialising in Flight Test Engineering, in 2014.

Squadron Leader Jovanovich undertook pilot training between January 2005 and December 2006 on No. 206 pilots course. On graduation, she was posted to 292 Squadron at RAAF Edinburgh to undertake operation conversion on the AP3C Orion. She flew Orions operationally until December 2011, including three tours of the Middle East area of operations and countless exercises and operations across the South West Pacific, South East Asia, the Indian Ocean and around Australia.

In 2012, then Flight Lieutenant Jovanovich was selected for test pilot training. In Jun 2013, she commenced a year’s training at the United States Air Force Test Pilot School, at Edwards Air Force Base in the Californian High Desert. In June 2014, having flown 23 different aircraft types in 48 weeks, she finished the course as a distinguished graduate and the first Australian since 1989 to graduate.

Since returning to Australia, Squadron Leader Jovanovich spent two years working as a test pilot at the Aircraft Research and Development Unit at RAAF Edinburgh, before taking up a Flight Commander posting at 10 Squadron. She has over 3000 flying hours in over 30 different types of aircraft. She is also a self-confessed nerd, who does calculus and reads philosophy for fun.

WHEN AND WHERE

Japan Theatre: Main Foyer
Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre

King Edward Terrace
Parkes, Canberra
Australian Capital Territory

14+

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