Transcript: Bonnie Blocka: Hercules Pilot | Mar 30, 2000

(Theme song plays )

Fast clips show female pilots, police officers, reporters, scientists, firefighters, artists, construction workers, and other women at work. A title appears on screen: Women’s work.

Bonnie has blond hair, is in her thirties and she appears in an airplane wearing a green uniform. She sits in an airplane.

An airplane appears.

People unload boxes from an airplane.

Bonnie says I'M A C-130 HERCULES PILOT
AND I FLY MISSIONS
ALL OVER THE WORLD TO
DROP OFF ANY KIND OF FOOD
OR SUPPLIES THAT OUR TROOPS
MAY NEED WHEREVER IT MAY BE.
WE CAN AIRDROP A
NUMBER OF THINGS.
WE CAN AIRDROP THINGS
SUCH AS JUST TRUCKS,
ANY TYPE OF HEAVY
EQUIPMENT LOAD,
WE CAN AIRDROP FOOD,
WE CAN AIRDROP WATER
CONTAINERS AS WELL
AS PARATROOPERS.

A group of people jumps off an airplane.

A caption on screen reads “Bonnie Blocka. Hercules Pilot.”

Bonnie says SO THERE'S A NUMBER OF
THINGS WE CAN AIRDROP.
IF IT'S A MISSION
SUCH AS KOSOVO,
WHICH WE FLEW THERE, THEN
WE'LL TRAIN HERE AT HOME
TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE
PROPER PROCEDURES
AND WE'LL DO A
TRAINING MISSION
TO PRACTICE
TO GO OVER.

People are in a classroom. They all wear Green uniforms.

A sign reads “Mass Briefing Room.”

Bonnie says ON A TRAINING MISSION
DAY YOU'LL COME IN
PROBABLY FOUR HOURS
BEFORE TAKE-OFF TIME AND
YOU'LL GO THROUGH AN
INTELLIGENCE SCENARIO,
YOU'LL GET A
WEATHER BRIEF.

The teacher says FOR YOUR TAKE OFF
PLEASURE THIS MORNING,
EXPECTING A TEMPERATURE OF
0 DEGREES, WINDS 230 AT 8
WITH PRESSURE
ALTITUDE OF MINUS 50.

Bonnie writes on a map.

Bonnie says AND THEN YOU'LL COME UP
WITH A PLAN OF WHAT
YOU PLAN TO FLY AND YOU'LL
GO THROUGH YOUR MAPS
AND MAKE ALL OF THEM TO PLAN
THE ROUTE AS YOU'D NEED.
AND THEN YOU'LL BRIEF
EVERYTHING THAT YOU
NEED AND WHAT YOU'RE
GOING TO DROP.

The teacher says JUMPERS, WE'VE GOT 80 TOTAL
FOR THE THREE AIRPLANES.
THEY'RE WEARING FULL
SUMMER EQUIPMENT, 265 POUNDS.
WE'RE DOING STICK
COMMANDER DRILL AND
THEY WANT YOU TO AIR
LAND AFTERWARDS
WITH THE GM KITS AND THE
B-BAGS BACK IN CANBERRA.
ANY QUESTIONS?

A short clip shows the crew jumping off the airplane one at a time.

Bonnie walks into a green airplane.

Bonnie says THEN AFTER THAT IT'S
INTO THE AIRPLANE TO FLY
THE MISSION AND
HOPEFULLY IT WORKS OUT
JUST AS YOU PLANNED.

A caption on screen reads “Dora. Student.”

Dora is in her teen years and has black hair.

Dora says I THINK BEING A HERCULES
PILOT WOULD BE REALLY GREAT.
I THINK IT WOULD BE REALLY
REWARDING TO KNOW
THAT YOU'RE HELPING SO
MANY PEOPLE AND YOU'RE
NOT DOING IT FOR JUST
COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

A scene form the airplane shows a land with many plants.

Split screen shows a video of Bonnie driving the airplane and Bonnie speaking.

Bonnie says THE CHALLENGES OF BEING A
HERCULES PILOT ARE AMAZING.
ONE DAY YOU COULD BE OUT
THERE FLYING A MISSION
DOWN AT LOW LEVEL 200 FEET
AND THE NEXT DAY YOU COULD BE
FLYING AT COMPLETELY ON
INSTRUMENTS BECAUSE
THE WEATHER IS SO BAD AND
YOU'RE TRYING TO GET ANYWHERE.
I FIND IF I LOOK OUT HERE,
I DON'T SEE MUCH OUT HERE.
THE MOST INTERESTING
I FIND ABOUT BEING
A HERCULES PILOT IS
THE GLOBAL ASPECT.
THE FACT THAT I CAN BE
TRAVELLING OVER TO EUROPE
ONE DAY AND THEN MAYBE
OVER TO EAST TIMOR
THE NEXT DAY AND, TO ME, THOSE
ARE THE REAL CHALLENGES.

A colourful drawing of pilots has a quote that reads “In 1973, Rosella Jomsom was the first Canadian female pilot to be hired by an airline.”

(music plays)

Split screen shows Bonnie standing by an airplane and Young children in Africa.

Then there are several workers from the airline on a truck full of packages.

Bonnie THERE'S ONE MISSION THAT I
CAN RECALL A FEW YEARS AGO
WE FLEW INTO AFRICA,
INTO THIS LITTLE TOWN
CALLED MWANZA IN TANZANIA
AND WHEN WE LANDED,
THERE WAS CHILDREN
EVERYWHERE RUNNING TOWARDS
THE AIRPLANE JUST TO SEE
WHAT WE HAD BROUGHT THEM;
AND TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH,
THE ONLY THING WE HAD
WAS REALLY SOME SHELTER
AND SOME TARPS
AND THAT KIND OF THING.
WHEN I SEE MYSELF CARRYING
THESE SUPPLIES INTO AFRICA
AND DROPPING THEM OFF TO A
GROUP OF STARVING CHILDREN,
I THINK I COULDN'T HAVE
PICKED A BETTER JOB.

Several children are in the dessert.

Bonnie says HERE I AM GETTING
IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION
AND HELPING THESE PEOPLE
OUT SO WHEN I SIT BACK
IN MY ROCKING CHAIR I
THINK I DID A GOOD THING.
THE DOWNFALL OF THAT
IS THAT SOMETIMES
YOU DON'T FEEL THAT
YOU'VE DONE ENOUGH.

A caption on screen reads “Clair. Student.”

Claire is around ten years old and had short brown hair. She wears a gray shirt and sun glasses.

Clair says WORKING IN A FIELD
WITH ONLY A FEW WOMEN,
I WOULD DEFINITELY FEEL
VERY SPECIAL, YOU KNOW,
THAT I WAS CHOSEN
TO BE IN THAT FIELD.
BUT I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO
OPEN IT UP FOR A LOT
OF OTHER PEOPLE, YOU KNOW,
SO IT WOULD BE LESS
OF A CAREER LIKE, OH
YEAH, A MALE CAREER.

A split screen shows Bonnie speaking on the right, and on the left there are several clips of an astronaut with gray hair wearing an orange suit. Then a rocket launches. Two astronauts float inside the rocket. A man plays with floating water.

Bonnie says THE THING THAT MADE ME
DECIDE TO BE A PILOT
WAS I WAS ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD
AND I WAS SITTING DOWN
IN MY LIVING ROOM WATCHING TV,
AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I SAW
A MAN BY THE NAME OF MARC
GARNEAU COME ON TV AND
HERE HE WAS TRAINING TO BE
AN ASTRONAUT AND I'D SEEN
THE SHOTS OF HIM IN SPACE AND
ALL THE THINGS THAT HE'D DONE.
HE'D GONE TO MILITARY
COLLEGE AND JUST SAW
HOW HE'D BECOME AN
ASTRONAUT AND TO ME,
I SAID, WOW, THAT'S
REALLY NEAT AND REALLY
INTERESTING AND I'D REALLY
LIKE TO SHOOT FOR THAT.

(music plays)

An drawing of a rocket ship has a quote that reads “In 1996, when Eileen Collins piloted the space shuttle Discovery, she carried a scarf that belonged to Amelia Earhart.”

Bonnie drives the airplane. A clip form the airplane shows another airplane in the sky.

Bonnie says THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING
ABOUT BEING A PILOT
HAS GOT TO BE THE
SENSE OF FREEDOM
WHEN YOU'RE UP THERE, THE
FACT THAT YOU CAN HAVE
IMMEDIATE CONTROL
OVER SOMETHING.
WHEN YOU WANT
IT TO TURN LEFT,
IT'S GOING TO TURN LEFT; WHEN
YOU WANT IT TO TURN RIGHT,
IT CAN TURN RIGHT
AND YOU CAN'T HAVE ANY
OTHER CONTROL ON
THAT IN YOUR LIFE.
AND SO I THINK JUST TO
HAVE THAT FREEDOM
IS PROBABLY THE BEST THING
ABOUT BEING A POLIT.

(music plays)

A drawing of three pilots has a quote that reads “By 1996, 8 percent of all Canadian pilots were women.”

[radio chatter]

Bonnie I TAKE A LOOK AT
WHERE I'VE BEEN -
A FARM GIRL FROM
SASKATCHEWAN WHO DIDN'T
HAVE A CLUE ABOUT FLYING -
TO SEE WHERE I AM NOW,
IT'S MADE ME REALIZE THAT
IF THERE'S AN OBSTACLE
OUT THERE AND I WANT
TO DO SOMETHING,
I CAN DO IT AND THAT'S
PROBABLY WHAT I'VE LEARNED
THE MOST ABOUT MYSELF.
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE
YOURSELF.

A woman with Brown hair smiles.

Theme music plays as credits roll.

Camera, Nic Popescu and Tom Ford.

Field Audio, Paul Nicholson.

Post Audio, Andi Charal.

Editors, Craig Gellner, Julian Lannaman, Michael Morningstar, Steven B. Pinchuk, James Poll.

A Young boy laughs.

Chyron, Empyreal Palmer.

Graphics, Andre Avalos.

Artwork, Stephanie Brissette. Hillary Chan, Briana Kortje.

A blond woman smiles.

Research, Lynn Bowdrey, Women in Motion.

A lady with Brown hair smiles.

Thanks to Rose Asunders- Wilson, Terry Buckley, City of Toronto, Fire Academy. Jeanne McWright, Etobicoke School of the Arts. Principals and Students of Deer Park, Fallingbrook and Ursula Franklin Schools.

Jen smiles.

Special thanks to Jen Miller.

Production Co-Ordinator Lauri Emery.

Production Manager Suzanne Lacey.

Creative Head Jan Donio.

A Production of TVO Ontario.

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