Tribute To Flight Lieutenant Steven 'Baz' Barrett

Flight Lieutenant Steven 'Baz' Barrett______________________________________________________________________
Flt Lt Steven 'Baz' Barrett pictured above in a Grob Tutor

His dream since young was to fly fast-jets. At the age of 13 Steven joined 2117 (Kenfig Hill) Squadron RAF Air Cadets, the next few years saw Steven progress through the training syllabus to Staff Cadet and attain the rank of Instructor Staff Cadet Warrant Officer.

He successfully qualified as a glider pilot instructor with No 634 Volunteer Gliding Squadron MOD St Athan and gained a pilot qualification at the Tayside Flying School in Scotland. Steven also became the Lord Lieutenants Cadet for 2003-2004.

After graduating from RAF College Cranwell, he was posted to RAF Wyton and streamlined to RAF Linton on Ouse to commence his training for future fast-jet pilots. After completing his training with the Tucano T1 Steven was presented with his RAF Wings and promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant.  He then moved on to RAF Valley to continue the next stage of his fast-jet training with the Hawk TMk1. 

At the end of his service with the RAF he moved to MoD St Athan to take up a position with No.1 AEF where he spent a lot of time flying staff and cadets up until his last day with the service.

He went on to continue his flying career as a commercial airline pilot with Flybe based at Edinburgh, Scotland up until the time of his tragic death.

Flt Lt Barry C Thomas, OC 2117 (Kenfig Hill) Squadron said ‘Steven was always full of life, always smiling, a very pleasurable young man, a real role model to the cadets and much liked by us all.  I have received many emails from staff around the Wing reflecting on Steven and the respect they had for him.  Those who knew him will hold fond affection in their memories of Baz, as he liked to be known.’

Article kindly supplied by: Mrs Lindsay Thomas - Secretary, Civilian Committee 2117 (Kenfig Hill) squadron
Image kindly supplied by: Flt Lt Tony Davies - 631 (Maesteg) Squadron
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