Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
Michael Richard b: 9 Aug 1929 r: 9 Aug 1984 d: 2 Mar 2017
MA, MBIM, tp. QCVSA - 2 Jun 1962
Plt Off: 31 Aug 1954 [6 Jan 1953], Fg Off: 6 Jul 1953?, Flt Lt: 17 May 1956, Sqn Ldr: 1 Jul 1962, Act Wg Cdr: 23 Oct 1967, Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1969, Gp Capt: 1 Jan 1974, Act A/Cdre: 13 Aug 1977, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1978.
31 Aug 1954: Appointed to Permanent Commission in the rank of Pilot Officer
xx xxx xxxx: Initial Officer Training
xx xxx xxxx U/T Pilot
xx xxx xxxx: Pilot, No 245 Sqn (Meteor)
xx xxx xxxx: Attended Hunter Conversion Course.
xx xxx xxxx: Pilot, No 63 Sqn (Hunters - Waterbeach)
xx xxx 1958: Attended Central Flying School
xx xxx 1958: QFI, RAF College, Cranwell
xx Feb 1962: Attended No 21 Course, Empire Test Pilot School
xx xxx 1962: Test Pilot, Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment
xx xxx xxxx: Flight Commander, No ? Sqn
xx xxx xxxx: Test Pilot
21 Mar 1966: Air Staff - Flight Safety, HQ Air Forces Middle East.
23 Oct 1967: Officer Commanding, Oxford University Air Sqn.
xx xxx 1969: Attended Joint Services Staff College
18 May 1970: Defence Ops Plans, MoD.
4 Dec 1972: Operational Liaison Cell, Central Tactics and Trials Organisation.
21 Dec 1973: Assistant Commandant, CFS/Officer Commanding, RAF Little Rissington.
12 Mar 1976: Deputy Director (Air), RN War College, Greenwich.
13 Aug 1977: Exercise Controller, UK Commanders-in-Chief Committee.
24 Mar 1979: AOC, AHQ Cyprus/Deputy Commander, HQ British Forces Near East.
31 Mar 1979 – 23 Jan 1981: ADC to the Queen.
9 May 1981: Deputy Commandant, RAF College.
During his time at A&AEE, Boscombe Down, he was involved in a shooting accident, which resulted in the loss of his right eye, however, he returned to full flying duties and was one of only three pilots to fly in the RAF with one eye.
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