Flight Lieutenant Stew Campbell
Stew was educated at Peebles High School in the Scottish Borders. After completing his Highers, Stew studied Physical Education at The University of Edinburgh, graduating with honours. Whilst studying at Edinburgh, Stew was sponsored by the RAF and completed his Elementary Flying Training with East Lowlands University Air Squadron.
Stew joined the RAF in 2003 and, after graduating from Advanced Flying Training on the Hawk, was selected to return to the Tucano at RAF Linton-on-Ouse to become a ‘Creamie’ Qualified Flying Instructor. Stew taught the Basic Fast Jet Training syllabus to ab-initio students before being chosen to join Central Flying School (Tucano) Squadron to teach new instructors their trade. During the final year of this tour Stew was selected to represent the RAF around the UK and Europe as the RAF Tucano Display Pilot.
After completing Tactical Weapons training, Stew was selected to fly the Harrier; due to the draw down of the Harrier force he was re-streamed to the Tornado GR4 before even flying the aircraft! After completing the Tornado Operational Conversion Unit, Stew was posted to 617 Squadron (The Dambusters), a Squadron he was immensely proud to be a member of. During his front line tour Stew completed 2 operational tours of duty in Afghanistan on Operation Herrick and graduated from the NATO Tactical Leadership Program in Spain. This is Stew's second year on the Team, having flown as Red 2 during the 50th Display Season.
Stew was brought up in Peebles in the Scottish Borders. His desire to fly fast jets was born from watching military aircraft conducting low flying training from his classroom windows at school! A former member of the Scottish Junior Road Cycling Team, Stew is a keen sportsman with a particular passion for anything on 2 wheels. In his spare time Stew enjoys cycling and walking trips with his wife Clare and their black Labrador called Rum.