Simon Pearson was born in Aberdeen in 1961. He joined the RAF as a navigator in 1980 and flew in Germany for five years on Buccaneers and Tornados before returning to the UK for a tour as an instructor. Following an exchange with the Luftwaffle on Alpha Jets near Munich he attended German Staff College in Hamburg and won the Clauzewitz Medal. His final two tours were spent as a flight commander on twelve Squadron Tornados at Lossiemouth and latterly as Military Assistant to the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff for Policy in the Ministry of Defence. He is married with three sons.