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Air Commodore C J Cruickshanks (608498/608498U)

Colin John                   b: 7 Jan 1945              r: 7 Jan 2000        d:  21 Jul 2014

AFC 11 Jun 1977, Bar 31 Dec 1981, FRAeS.

Plt Off: 17 Dec 1965, Fg Off: 17 Jun 1966 [17 Dec 1965], Flt Lt: 17 Jun 1968, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1977, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1985, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1990, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1994.

xx Jan 1963:               Flight Cadet, 'C' Sqn, RAF College.

17 Dec 1965:             Appointed to a Permanent Commission (General List)

xx xxx 1966:              Advanced Training, No 4 FTS

xx xxx xxxx:               Attended Lightning Conversion Course, No 226 OCU

xx xxx xxxx:               Pilot, No 5 Sqn (Lightning - Air Defence)

xx xxx xxxx:               QWI, ?

xx xxx xxxx:               Attended No 11 AD Long Course, No 228 OCU (1974-77)

xx xxx xxxx:               Flight Commander, No 12 Squadron (Buccaneer Honington)

xx xxx xxxx:               Attended Empire Test Pilots' School.

xx xxx xxxx:               Test Pilot

5 Jul 1985:                 Officer Commanding, 'A' Sqn, A & A.E.E

xx xxx xxxx:               Attended Staff College, France.

 1 Dec 1988:              Directing Staff, RAF Staff College.


xx xxx 1994:               Commandant, A. & A.E.E.

xx xxx 1996:               Director Air Operations Sector, Defence Research and Evaluation Agency.


His father was killed shortly after he was born when the Halifax he was flying into RAF Clifton for disposal crashed as it was coming into land.  At Cranwell he attained the rank of Senior Flight Cadet.  On No 12 Squadron, he was involved in the trials to introduce the Martel missile into service.  He died in Salisbury Hospice

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