Stephen joined the 13th/18th Hussars in 1965 serving in Germany and the UK. After completing pilot training in 1969, he served as a pilot in Malaya, Brunei, Hong Kong and Germany including Berlin.
In 1973 he flew as member of the Blue Eagles Display Team and transferred to the Army Air Corps in 1974. Following his transfer he became an instructor and again served in Brunei, Hong Kong and the UK. He was awarded an Air Force Cross (AFC) for services in Northern Ireland.
After an exchange tour with the Royal Navy flying the Sea King helicopter, he retired from the military in 1989. Stephen joined Bristow Helicopters in 1989 flying in various African locations, Nigeria, Somalia and Mauritania, as a Training Captain and Deputy Chief Pilot, finishing his professional career as an instructor at Middle Wallop in 2013.
Stephen holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence and is the Sioux pilot for Historic Aircraft Flight.