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24 Oct 1938
xx xxx 1997
– 31 Dec 1992 (KCB – 17 Jun 1989), CBE – 31 Dec 1983, ADC,
FRAeS - 1993, QCVSA – 10 Jun 1967, 2nd Prize - 'Gordon
Shephard' Memorial Comp. - 1974
Off: 15 Dec 1959, Fg Off: 15 Dec
1960 [15 Dec 1959], Flt Lt: 15 Jun
1962, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1968, Wg
Cdr: 1 Jul 1975,
Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1980, A/Cdre:
1 Jul 1984, AVM: 1 Jul 1986, AM: 5
Apr 1989, ACM: 31 May 1991.
Flight Cadet, RAF College.
Appointed to a Permanent Commission.
Attended Central Flying School.
QFI, No 1 FTS.
xx xxx 1962: Attended No 229 OCU (Hunters)
Pilot, No 56 Sqn.
QFI, No 226 OCU.
Flight Commander, No 56 Sqn.
Attended RAF Staff College.
PSO to Deputy C in C, Allied Forces Central Europe.
Air Staff, Directorate of Operations (Air Support).
Attended National Defence College.
Officer Commanding, No 11 Sqn.
Military Assistant to Chief of the Defence Staff.
xx xxx 1981: Attended No 33 AD Long Course, No 228 OCU.
Officer Commanding, RAF Leuchars.
Officer Commanding, RAF Stanley - Falkland Islands.
10 Jan 1984:
Attended Royal College of Defence Studies.
SASO, HQ No 11 Group
Assistant Chief of
Staff - Policy Division, HQ SHAPE
AOC in C, Support Command
AOC in C, Strike Command
Chief of the Air Staff.
Nov 1992 – 9 Apr 1997:
Air ADC to the Queen.
the RAF College at Cranwell, where he eventually attained the rank of Under
Officer, being commissioned in 1959.
He was immediately selected for training as a flying instructor and after
completing his QFI's course at CFS, joined the staff of No 1 FTS at Linton-on
Ouse in Yorkshire.
His chance to join a first line unit came two years later when he was
posted to No 56 Squadron at Wattisham flying Lightning interceptors.
He returned to the instructional role again in 1965 but this time
operational training at the Lightning OCU.
Awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air during
this tour, he returned to No 56 Squadron as a Flight Commander in 1967.
However his run of flying posts came to an end in early 1970 when he
attended the Staff Course at Bracknell.
In 1999 he was appointed President of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and is currently (2005) President of the Officers Association, a member of the Air Cadet Council and Chairman of the RAeS Air Power Group.
He was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1995 and a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators in 1996.
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