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Air Marshal Sir Ian Macfadyen (608286/608286Y)

Ian David                    b:  19 Feb 1942                       r: 19 Feb 1999

KCVO: xx Jul 2014, CB – 29 Jun 1991, OBE – 31 Dec 1983, OstJ – 8 Jan 2002, QCVSA – 1 Jan 1974, FRAeS.

(RAF): Plt Off:  30 Jul 1963, Fg Off: 30 Jul 1964 [30 Jul 1963], Fg Off: 30 Jul 1963, Flt Lt: 30 Jan 1966, Sqn Ldr:  1 Jan 1973, Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1979,  Act Gp Capt: 23 Aug 1983, , Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1984, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1988,  Act AVM: 12 Mar 1991, AVM: 1 Jul 1991, AM:  26 Aug 1994.

(RAFVR (T)): Fg Off: 20 Feb 1999.

 6 Sep 1960:           Flight Cadet, 'D' Sqn, RAF College.

30 Jul 1963:            Appointed to a Permanent Commission (General List)

 2 Nov 1964:          Pilot, No 19 Sqn

28 Oct 1968:          ADC to the AOC in C, Strike Command.

19 Sep 1969:          Attended QFI Course, Central Flying School

18 Jan 1970:           QFI, RAF College - Cranwell.

15 Mar 1973:         Attended RAF Staff College.

 5 Jun 1974:            Pilot, No 111 Sqn.

17 Nov 1975:         Flight Commander, No 43 Sqn.

29 Nov 1976:         Personal Staff Officer to Commander, 2nd ATAF/C in C, RAF Germany.

29 Jan 1980           Officer Commanding, No 29 Sqn.

17 Oct 1982:         Officer Commanding, Phantom detachment, Falkland Islands.

28 Jan 1983:          Officer Commanding, No 23 Sqn.

 1 Jun 1983:           Officer Commanding, No 29 Sqn.

26 Aug 1983:         Deputy Director of Aircraft Requirements (DDOR4).

 1 Jul 1985:            Officer Commanding, RAF Leuchars.

 4 Jan 1988:           Attended Royal College of Defence Studies.

20 Dec 1988          Concepts Division, Directorate of Defence Systems

24 Nov 1990:         Chief of Staff, HQ British Forces Middle East.

23 Nar 1991:          Commander, HQ British Forces Middle East

 1 Sep 1991:           Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff - Air Systems

25 Aug 1994:         Director-General of Saudi Armed Force Project.

20 Feb 1999:         Pilot, No 3 AEF

22 Sep 2000 - 12 Aug 2005:         Vice-Chairman (Air), North West of England and Isle of Man  Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

19 Feb 2007:         Retired from No 3 AEF

27 Apr 2007 - 18 Apr 2019:        Honorary Air Commodore, No 606 (Chiltern) Sqn, Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

31 Dec 2008 – 19 Oct 2009:     Inspector-General of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force

The son of another Air Marshal, Sir Douglas Macfadyen, Ian attended Marlborough before entering the RAF College at Cranwell in 1960.  At Cranwell he attained the rank of Senior Under Officer and was awarded the RSM, 'John Anthony Chance' Memorial Prize, the 'Dickson' Trophy and 'Michael Hill' Memorial Prize and the Sword of Honour on graduation. Uniquely, his father also won the Sword of Honour in 1922.

Whilst a QFI at Cranwell, he was a member of the College's aerobatic display team, 'The Poachers' for two years.  In 1974, he was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.  Whilst serving with No 43 Squadron, he was the RAF Phantom display pilot. Whilst commanding No 29 Squadron, he flew the first Phantom into the Falkland Islands following the end of the conflict.

As well as being a highly competent RAF pilot, Ian Macfadyen is also a keen glider pilot holding all three FAI Diamond badges.  He has been the Chairman of the RAF Gliding and Soaring Association and was President of the RAF Clay Pigeon Shooting Association and RAF Martial Arts Association. He is a Liveryman of the Hon Company of Air Pilots. 

On 22 September 2000, he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man until 2005 when he became National President of the Royal British Legion.  His appointment as Inspector General of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force was cut short when he was appointed Constable & Governor of Windsor Castle in August 2009 a post he held until 2014.

He is a former Chairman of Trustees of the RAF Museum, Chairman of the Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation, and a trustee of a number of other charitable trusts including the Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust. He is the President of the Lucifer Golfing Society and a member of the R&A, St Andrews. His other interests include shooting, watercolour painting, philately, photography, history and all forms of flying, being a member of The Royal Air Squadron.

My thanks to Air Marshal Sir Ian Macfadyen for giving permission to post this entry and for providing additional details.

This page was last updated on 08/04/21

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