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Ian Stewart – Membership

Ian Stewart photoIan is Yorkshireman and now lives once again in that county. He joined the RAF in 1973 and was trained through the famous apprentice scheme at RAF Halton. After three years at Halton he was posted to RAF Wittering to work on Harriers, ending up on No 1(F) Squadron as a Sergeant. In 1980 he moved on to RAF Binbrook to grapple with Lightnings, completing his twelve years of RAF service there as a Chief Technician running a Major Servicing team.

His first “civvie” job was as a Field Service engineer for Smiths, the instrument and avionics maker. This involved visiting Air Forces at home and abroad to help with Smiths Equipment. Ian had an 18 year career with Smiths, his final job was as a Director within the Product Support Division, responsible for the part of the organisation which delivered military support to the globe outside of the Americas.

He left Smiths in 2004 to run his own business concerned with accountancy software. The business was subsequently sold and Ian took (very) early retirement.

Apart from his professional involvement in the Aerospace Industry, Ian has always taken a keen interest in the history of aviation and particularly that of the RAF. Bearing that in mind, and also that he has been a fan of Hawker products since his work all those years ago on Harriers, getting involved in the Typhoon project was an easy choice! Ian assists Nick Adlam with the administering of the Supporters’ Club.

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