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That is because touching most of the equipment was strictly prohibited at the demonstration.
The New Zealand Army and Royal New Zealand Air Force landed a NH90 helicopter at Otago Boys’ High School as part of the Defence Force’s southern recruitment tour.
The helicopter touched down during interval time, and some pupils held hot snacks in one hand while using the other hand to film with their phones.
After a brief safety warning, telling pupils not to touch the guns or anything expensive, they were able to sit in the helicopter and have a look.
Otago Southland army recruiter Sgt Blair Ross said the Air Force and Army ran a joint Southern schools tour.
Many young people had not considered a defence force career so touring the schools was a great way to bring them a taste of it. While the display was authentic, no live ammunition was on site, he said.
They visited pupils in Central Otago on Tuesday and planned to stop at Invercargill and Gore schools on Wednesday, but poor weather ruled out flying.
Yesterday, they dropped in at John McGlashan College, then Otago Boys’ High School before heading to Taieri College. The display was received well and had many pupils interested.
Otago Girls’ High School pupil Grace Twaddle said seeing the equipment was really exciting and she was planning to pursue a career in the Royal New Zealand Navy. She was surprised by how high-tech the modern defence force equipment was.