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27 May

RAF, Research, and Raising Funds

It’s been a busy time for OV Bonnie Posselt (Cr 98-03), who has been balancing work, research and charity fundraising simultaneously.

Currently a Medical Officer in the RAF, Bonnie is part-way through a three-year exchange tour to the US Air Force (USAF), based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Ohio, where she is also undertaking a PhD.

At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Bonnie works with the 711th Human Performance Wing, more specifically in the Operational Based Vision Assessment (OBVA) laboratory. For her PhD, Bonnie is investigating human performance using next generation stereo 3D Helmet Mounted Displays (HMD) – the ones used in military aircraft – along with associated vision standards and test methods, and has reached a milestone!

OV Bonnie Posselt in her research lab

Bonnie explains: “I’ve just finished five months of data collection on 44 subjects, running them through our flight simulator wearing an HMD. Now the real fun begins, writing it all up! Gulp!”

At the weekend, Bonnie, alongside another RAF exchange officer based with her, Group Captain Andy Gilbert, did a bike ride to support a global event called ‘RAFA rides’. The ride’s aim was to raise money for the RAF Association, which supports services families when they need it most, by cycling the equivalent of the circumference of the world in 24 hours. “So, along with a lot of other folk, we rode 75 miles from Dayton to Cincinnati, raising £802. Not bad seeing that I’m not really a cyclist!”, added Bonnie.

OV Bonnie Posselt on her charity bike ride

Bonnie is due to return to the UK in February 2022 with her husband Mark, an RAF helicopter pilot, and their daughter Josie, back to the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine in Bedfordshire.

OV Bonnie Posselt with her family

Fantastic achievements, Bonnie and we wish you all the best for your PhD and look forward to your return home.