Stephan de Bruijn (1966, Ulvenhout, The Netherlands) started in 1977 his aviation hobby. Within a few years, his enthusiasm has expanded and in 1986 he started as an editor of the Dutch Aviation Society (a volunteer society and publisher of aviation magazine Scramble). He was chairman of this society for more than ten years.
In the mid-nineties, Stephan started as a freelance journalist for international magazines writing features about worldwide military aviation with a focus on naval aviation. He visited multiple times US Navy Carriers during wartime operations in the Persian Gulf and he became one of the first international journalists visiting the sole Brazilian carrier during its first operational cruise off coast Brazil. The most recent trip brought him to the Mediterranean Sea where the French carrier was visited.His portfolio grew steadily and is published in Dutch, British, American, French and Japanese magazines. To crown this portfolio, together with his friend Frank Crébas he wrote, photographed and published his first book, “Airpower, de Nederlandse Luchtmacht” (Airpower, the Netherlands Air Force). Airpower tells the story of the Royal Netherlands Air Force anno 2010. During the 3.5 year period in which this book was created, the Royal Netherlands Air Force gave Stephan the opportunity to fly with them multiple times, even over war torn Afghanistan.
After his conscript period, where he served with the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Stephan started a commercial career for over fifteen years. Since the start of this century, he returned to the Dutch ministry of defense where he still works as a civilian employee.