RCAF all-women technician team heads to international competition

In a hangar, a woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform stands on a safety ladder immediately behind a four-blade propeller of a large aircraft.
Corporal Trisha Chipman is an aviation systems technician on the CC-130 Hercules at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, and a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force all-women tech team heading to the Air Maintenance Competition in Atlanta, Georgia, in April 2019. PHOTO: Sara White

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The world’s best air maintenance technicians will test their skills at the annual Air Maintenance Competition in Atlanta, Georgia, in April 2019. Five teams will represent the Royal Canadian Air Force, including the first all-women team.

Corporal Trisha Chipman, from 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, is an aviation systems technician who works on the CC-130 Hercules aircraft at 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron. Nominated by her chain of command, she’s now a lucky contestant who will tackle her share of the 23 technical challenges facing her team in the military division.

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