RAF Breaks Tradition With Non-Pilot Air Chief 

Air Marshal Sir Richard Knighton

Credit: UK Royal Air Force
LONDON—In a major break from recent tradition, the UK Royal Air Force has selected its first air chief who has never been a pilot. Air Marshal Sir Richard Knighton will be appointed chief of the air staff in June, the UK Defense Ministry announced March 31. He will succeed Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike...
Tony Osborne

Based in London, Tony covers European defense programs. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2012, Tony was at Shephard Media Group where he was deputy editor for Rotorhub and Defence Helicopter magazines.

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