|Service/branch||Royal Australian Air Force|
|Years of service||1981–2011|
|Commands held||No. 36 Squadron (2006–08)|
|Awards||Medal of the Order of Australia|
Wing Commander Linda Mary Corbould OAM was an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the first woman to command a RAAF flying squadron. She joined the RAAF in 1981, and became one of its first female pilots in the early 1990s. Corbould flew transport aircraft, including during the Iraq War in 2003, and commanded No. 36 Squadron from 2006 to 2008. She retired from the RAAF in 2011.
Linda Corbould was raised in Tasmania, Australia and joined the RAAF in 1981. As women could not become pilots in the RAAF at the time, she served as an air traffic controller until 1990 when pilot training was opened up to women. During this period she took up skydiving, and became a national champion in the sport. In 1985 she represented Australia at the skydiving world championships which were held in Turkey.
After completing flight training, Corbould became the third female member of the RAAF to gain her 'wings' and was subsequently posted to No 36 Squadron and flew C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. Corbould served as deputy commander of the C-130 Hercules detachment which formed part of the Australian contribution to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for planning and commanding a flight into Baghdad on the night of 12/13 April 2003. In October 2003 she met United States President George W. Bush during his visit to Australia. Corbould eventually amassed 15 years of experience as a C-130 pilot.
In 2006, Wing Commander Corbould oversaw the RAAF's program to accept the C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft into service. She assumed command of No. 36 Squadron RAAF on 17 November 2006 and delivered the RAAF's first C-17 from the United States to Australia on 4 December 2006. Corbould completed her posting as commander of the squadron on 8 December 2008. On this day she also led the RAAF's first all-female aircrew during a training flight. Corbould was subsequently appointed the Senior Air Force Officer in Tasmania, a position she had requested. She retired from the RAAF on 8 May 2011 after completing 30 years of service.
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