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Hawkes Bay Local Taking The Ice Flight

Sergeant Rosie Masters helps get people to Antarctica quickly and safely.

The number four features strongly in flight steward SGT Rosie Masters’ life.

Each summer season for four years she has started work at 4am to take passengers on the four and a half hour flight to Antarctica on the RNZAF Boeing 757.

"Not everyone gets the chance to go to the Antarctic. We are very lucky."

SGT Masters has been in the Air Force for 10 years. After completing a senior trade supplier course in 2006 she re-enrolled as a Flight Steward in 2007.

The B757 can take up to 156 military and civilian passengers for the flight with mainly American scientists visiting the ice.

"We have approximately one and a half hours on the ground at Antarctica. It’s really important that we get the passengers loaded and away as quickly as possible as the weather can change dramatically in the Antarctic."

SGT Masters was also part of the crew on the Erebus Memorial Flight.

"It was a highlight for me because it was a very emotional flight for the passengers on board, and it seemed to provide closure for a lot of the families. To be a part of that was definitely a privilege."

When she is not doing her job as a flight steward SGT Masters can be found on the netball court either coaching or playing.

She played Women’s Netball for Ohakea Air Base and coached the Ohakea mixed team last year, winning the Inter-Base Championship and the Women’s Tournament.

"I have been selected each year for the RNZAF team."

The new season Netball trials start soon and SGT Masters will, if she can, play for the Whenuapai Netball Team this time.

ENDS.

For more information please contact Squadron Leader Lyn Coromandel, Defence Communications Group on 04 496 0738 or 021 420 899.

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