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Wingman: Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth, from Lurgan, is now Director Space UK

Wingman: Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth, from Lurgan, is now Director Space UK

Wingman: Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth, from Lurgan, is now Director Space UK

Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth, a former fighter pilot, never imagined as a 16-year-old from Northern Ireland that his career path with the RAF would lead him to the 'coolest job in the world' and a hotline to No 10.

"Yes, people often say I have the coolest job title in the world," said Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth CB, OBE, DFC, Director Space UK MoD.

Having become the first person to hold the newly-created position almost a year ago, it has been quite the career journey for a young lad from Lurgan and he accepts the title with typical good grace, pride and more than an air of humility.


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