WATCH: Matildas swap the pitch for the tarmac

MATLIDAS stars Clare Polkinghorne and Katrina Gorry took time out from their Olympic preparations to get a behind-the-scenes tour of RAAF Base Amberley.

The private tour yesterday saw the players take off and land from Honolulu in the Air Force's $25 million C-17 Globemaster flight simulator.

The players spent about 20 minutes each in the simulator being taught how to fly one of the biggest military planes in the world.

Next stop was to get up close and personal on the tarmac with one of No. 36 Squadron's 10 Globemasters which call the base home.

The private tour also saw the players kick a football around inside the plane's massive inner carriage before a kick with some awe struck personnel on the ground.

Ms Polkinghorne, who will captain the Matildas at the Olympics, said the team had just finished their final home games before heading to Rio.

"We have about three or four weeks in full-time training before we head off," she said.

"Everyone is looking forward to the Olympics.

"It is such a prestigious event and to be a part of it is something really special."

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