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13 Apr 1935
5 Apr 1993
d: 2 Jun 2001
KCB – 11 Jun 1988 (CB - 11 Oct 1982), KBE - 29 Jun 1991 (CBE – 12 Jun 1976), AFC - 1 Jan 1963, Bar – 1 Jan 1972, KLO1 - xx xxx 1991.
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Off: 9 Apr 1957, Fg Off: 9 Apr 1958 [9 Apr 1957], Flt Lt: 21 Oct 1959, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jan 1965, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1970, Gp
Capt: 1 Jan 1974, Act A/Cdre: 20 Nov 1976, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1977, Act
Dec 1980, AVM: 1 Jan 1982,
RAFVR(T): Fg Off: xx xxx 1993
Flight Cadet, 'A' Sqn, RAF College.
Granted a Permanent Commission.
Pilot, No 66 Sqn. (Hunters - Acklington)
(Hunters - Acklington)
Pilot, No ? Sqn. (Hunters, Lightnings – Middle East)
Staff, Central Fighter Establishment/Fighter Command Trials Unit.
Instructor?, No 228 OCU. (Phantom - Coningsby)
Officer Commanding, No 1 Sqn. (Harrier – Wittering)
Attended RAF Staff College.
Wing Commander - Harriers, HQ No 38 Group.
Officer Commanding, RAF Binbrook.
Nov 1976: Inspector of RAF Flight Safety.
xx xxx xxxx: Attended No 10 AD Short Course, No 228 OCU
Attended Royal College of Defence Studies.
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations).
AOC, No 11 Group.
Oct 1985: Commander, British Forces Cyprus/AOC, AHQ Cyprus/The Administrator,
Sovereign Base Areas - Cyprus.
Deputy C in C, Strike Command/Chief of Staff, UK Air Forces
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments).
xx xxx 1993: Staff Pilot, No 6 AEF
Originating from Auckland in New Zealand Kenneth Hayr,
where he was a member of No 3 (City of Auckland) Squadron, ATC, rising to the
rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. He
joined the RNZAF and was sent to Britain to attend the RAF College, Cranwell,
which he represented at Tennis. He also attained the rank of Senior Flight Cadet and was
awarded the 'R M Groves' and 'Hicks' Memorial Trophies.
Graduating from Cranwell in 1957, he was posted to No ? Sqn, flying
Hunters. In 196?, he converted to
the RAF's latest interceptor, the Lightning and joined No ? Sqn.
Following a spell at the CFE, which later became the Fighter Command
Trials Units, he converted onto yet another type when he was given command of the
Phantom OCU. Having been a fighter pilot for the most part of his career
to date, his next command found him converting onto both a new type, the
Harrier, and new role, ground attack.
Having led an eventful flying career to this point, he was eventually
forced to attend the RAF Staff College in 1972. Following a short spell on
the air staff of No 38 Group, he returned to the operational side when he
assumed command of RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire, home to the Lightnings of No 5
and 11 Squadrons. Promoted to Air Commodore, he was appointed Inspector of
RAF Flight Safety, but at the end of this tour, he attended the Royal College of
Defence Studies, after which he took up the post of ACAS (Operations).
During this period he was responsible for much of the planning of the RAF's part
in the re-capture of the Falklands Islands. In 1982, he was appointed AOC
of No 11 Group and was now responsible for the air defence of the entire UK. In
this post he presented the first two Fighter Controller brevets
to Flt Lt Hamish Montgomerie and Flt Sgt Roger Steggal on 29 November 1983.
In 1985, he moved to Cyprus, where he assumed the post of Commander, British Forces Cyprus and as such he also held the appointment of The Administrator of the the British Sovereign Base Areas. Returning to Britain he was Deputy C-in-C Strike Command until being appointed DCAS (Commitments) at the Ministry of Defence.
On retirement he returned to New Zealand and took up
the Chairmanship of the New Zealand Aviation Heritage Trust Board, but he
continued to split his time between Britain and New Zealand in order to continue
his love for flying by performing displays in various vintage aircraft. It
was in such an aircraft, a Vampire, that he was killed during the 2001 Biggin
Hill air display.
In 1996, the Inspectorate of Flight Safety moved into new purpose-built accommodation at Bentley Priory and the facilities new lecture theatre was named 'The Hayr Theatre' in honour of Sir Kenneth who was the first Inspector in 1976 (prior to that date the post had been that of Director).
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