From the the RAF Website
Flight Lieutenant Stew Campbell, 28, who lives in Pocklington, will represent RAF Linton-on-Ouse flying the base’s Tucano aircraft at over 40 airshows, including the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford.Now – weather permitting -he is busy perfecting his aerobatic display which will include stomach churning ‘6g’ manoeuvres; more than twice the force experienced on Lightwater Valley’s Twister roller-coaster ride.
In his day job, Flt Lt Campbell is an instructor with Linton’s Central Flying School. He says being nominated is a great honour adding “This is a very proud achievement for me and especially so to be given the chance to show what the Tucano is capable of at such an early stage in my career.”
For him the display season – which runs from May to October – will mean working up to six days a week. Monday to Friday teaching and the weekends spent up and down the country performing his dazzling display.
But he says he doesn’t mind the added work load. “Since I was six years old I always wanted to be a pilot. I used to go to airshows and watch the displays and remember thinking ‘I wish I could do that.’
“Now I’m in the fortunate position of being able to realise that dream and hope that any budding youngsters watching at the shows will find the same inspiration that I did.”
Flt Lt Campbell’s first public display will be at Duxford’s spring airshow on Sunday 18 May.
The Tucano is the RAF’s basic training aircraft. Of Brazilian design it has a top speed of 345 mph and is capable of aerobatics between +6 and -2.5g