From the Royal Air Force Coningsby website.
Flight Lieutenant Scott Loughran has been announced as the new Typhoon Display Pilot.
The pilot, from 29 (Reserve) Squadron, RAF Coningsby, is due to carry out his first public display at Duxford on 17 May.
Flt Lt Loughran said, “I was delighted to be selected as the Typhoon Display pilot for 2009. I consider myself very lucky to be doing a job which is so challenging and rewarding and I do it with the support of a large number of very committed and skilled personnel. It is a privilege to fly such a formidable, cutting edge multi role aircraft and I hope that everyone will enjoy watching the display as much as I enjoy performing it.”
Flt Lt Loughran was born in Paisley, Scotland. He grew up in Skelmorlie before moving to Largs and attended Largs Academy. He graduated from Glasgow University in 1995 having been a member of the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron (UGSAS) and joined the Royal Air Force in the same year as a Navigator. Having completed his Navigator training he joined 43(F) Squadron at RAF Leuchars and contributed to the F3’s presence on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) in the UK and Falkland Islands.
He was subsequently successful in his pursuit of a pilot cross-over and after basic flying training on the Tucano, converted to the Hawk at RAF Valley and completed the tactical phase in Cold Lake, Canada as part of the NATO Flying Training Course. At the end of Fast Jet Training Scott was selected to join the Jaguar Force at RAF Coltishall. Having completed the Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) Scott was posted to 54(F) Squadron and immediately deployed with the Squadron to Turkey as part of Operation Northern Watch and the build up to Op Telic. He left 54 (F) Sqn shortly before they disbanded in 2005 but not before taking part in a number of overseas exercises in North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Scott’s first role within the Typhoon Force was as an instructor within the Typhoon Training Facility. In July 2006 Scott joined 29(R) Squadron and on completion of the OCU remained on the Sqn and trained as a Typhoon Qualified Pilot Instructor (QPI), since then he has helped to train a number of the current Typhoon Force. At the end of the Display season Scott will take up an executive position on 6 Squadron, which will be re-formed to be the third Front Line Typhoon squadron and the first to operate from RAF Leuchars.