A former Greendown School pupil has passed out from RAF Cranfield to continue his dream to fly fast jets in defence of his country.
Dan Heard, 22, from Shaw, qualified as a Flying Officer after completing Initial Officer Training (IOT) with 117 other students.
He attended the now closed Salt Way Primary School and after Greendown took his A’ Levels at Cirencester College, before completing a BSc in Geography at the University of Northampton where he joined the RAF in November last year and was one of only 30 to receive an RAF university bursary out of 15,000 who applied for entry in 2007. Only eight on his course now go onto pilot training.
Dan caught the flying bug at the age of five when he would attend airfields with his parachutist father. At Greendown he was a member of 1244 Squadron Air Training Corp. He is now at flying school which will determine his aptitude for specific aircraft types.
“Passing out hasn’t quite sunk in, but my ultimate goal is to fly fast jets,” he said. “To be honest, I’ll be happy to fly anything, although it will be another three or four years training before I take on front line duties.”
Proud mum Laura Campbell said that Dan was far too modest about his achievements. “He set his goal to become a pilot from a very young age; he has shown amazing dedication. We’re so pleased that his hard work has paid off.”
Pictured above, Dan with his proud parents, Laura and Dave Campbell
Photo: Kamara Digital Photographic Studio