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Red 6 - Synchro Leader

Flight Lieutenant Si Taylor

Flt Lt Taylor

Synchro Leader

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Age: 37

Education

Si was educated at Allerton High School in Leeds, studying A levels in English, French and Geography. He then went on to study Ergonomics at Loughborough University and graduated in 2002 with a BSc.

Career

Si joined the RAF in 2003 and completed Elementary Flying Training at RAF Woodvale. He then went on to fast jet training on 72(R) Sqn at RAF Linton on Ouse and then 208(R) Sqn at RAF Valley. He was then lucky enough to be selected to conduct his Tactical Weapons training on the Hawk 115 at the NATO Flying Training School at Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada.

Si was subsequently selected to fly the Tornado GR4 and after the Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Lossiemouth he spent three years at RAF Marham on II(AC) Sqn. During his first tour Si deployed to Operation Herrick in Afghanistan in 2010 and then to Operation Ellamy in Libya the following year. During the tour he also managed to take part in several major exercises with the Squadron, notably Red Flag in Nevada and Torpedo Focus in Arizona.

Si was then selected for a ‘cross over’ to the Typhoon FGR4 in 2012. Following the conversion course he joined 3(Fighter) Squadron at the end of 2012 and spent two years back on the front line at RAF Coningsby. During his time on 3(F) Sqn he deployed to the Falkland Islands and took part in exercises in Oman, UAE and Poland.

At the end of 2014 Si was posted to 29(R) Sqn at Coningsby as an instructor on the Operational Conversion Unit. This is Si's third year on the team.

Background

Si grew up in Leeds, West Yorkshire. His desire to be a pilot was fuelled by his dad, who took him to the Church Fenton Airshow from a very young age. His favourite sport is rugby, especially rugby league, which he played at Loughborough University and then at Student International level. He also enjoys skiing, running and more recently golf.

Si is married to Michelle and they live with their dog Tac, a retired RAF sniffer dog.

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