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Flight Lieutenant Dan Lowes

2017 Red 3 Green

Age: 32

Education

Dan was educated at Clearwater Bay and King George V School, Hong Kong, until 1998 when he then moved to St. Georges College, Weybridge. Whilst at school he was a member of 11(F) Squadron of the Air Training Corps. He studied A-levels in Politics and International Relations, History and Geography, whilst also playing rugby for the College’s first XV. After completing his A-levels Dan joined the Royal Air Force at 19.

Career

Dan joined the Royal Air Force in 2004 and after graduating from Tactical Weapons Training on 19(R) Squadron at RAF Valley he was selected to join the Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit in 2008. On successful completion Dan was sent to 3(F) Squadron where he gained his Multi-Role Combat Ready status before being posted as one of the first members of 6 Squadron when it reformed with Typhoons at RAF Leuchars. Here he operated in the Quick Reaction Alert role, safeguarding the integrity of the UK’s airspace, intercepting multiple aircraft of interest. Dan was then posted to 1(F) Squadron at RAF Leuchars before being selected for the Qualified Weapons Instructor Course on 29(R) Squadron at RAF Coningsby. On graduation he joined 41(R) Test and Evaluation Squadron at RAF Coningsby where he was the QWI in charge of all Air-Air and Air-Ground weapons on Typhoon. Dan’s last job on Typhoon before joining the Team was as STANEVAL Weapons for the Typhoon Force. Dan has served on QRA in the Falkland Islands, has flown on the Advanced Tactical Leadership Course in the UAE and participated in numerous exercises including Bersama Lima in Malaysia, Indra Dhanush in India and on Red Flag, Nevada. Recently he has been deployed to the United States where he has been conducting airborne weapons trials for Typhoon. This is Dan's second year on the Red Arrows.

Background

Dan was born and grew up in Hong Kong. At 13 his family returned to the UK and settled in Weybridge, Surrey. Dan wanted to be a pilot from a very early age. With his Dad a former RAF pilot and his Mum a nurse who served in the RAF, he was always encouraged to follow his dream. In his spare time enjoys watching and taking part in competitive sports, playing the piano and spending time with his family.

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