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Fighter jet test Engineer Linda McLean set for Rugby battle Sunday


New Bradford signing Linda McLean set for Rugby war Sunday

New Bradford signing Linda McLean will fight fire with fire when Women’s Super League returns this week.

And nobody is better prepared than a woman who spends her life working as a test engineer on some of the world’s deadliest fighter jets.

That includes testing weapons on the Eurofighter Typhoon – as the combat aircraft is flying at incredible speeds of up to 1,500mph.

The 30-year-old might be brought back to earth with a bump on Sunday when she makes her Super League bow for the Bulls against St Helens.

RAF players Flt Lt Linda McLean (right) and Cpl Alice Fisher (left) have both signed with Bradford Bulls Women for the upcoming Super League Season

But McLean insists both her RAF and playing careers give her an adrenaline rush that are hard to match.

She said: “I have wanted to be a flight test engineer ever since I joined the airforce. I feel exceptionally lucky to do what I do. both signed with Bradford Bulls Women for the upcoming Super League

“To get to go flying and testing all the new equipment we are bringing on to the aircraft – from something simple to new weapons – is pretty exciting.”

The RAF has also supported McLean’s love of rugby, with the centre representing the RAF and the UK Armed Forces at both league and union.

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But running out for the Bulls will be a step up in standard and McLean can’t wait for her debut this weekend.

She said: “I have spent years watching men’s Super League on TV so to get the opportunity to play Women’s Super League is so exciting.

Joining her will be Corporal Alice Fisher who also works at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and who has been a Bulls player for two years.





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