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Encyclopedia > Air Chief Marshal
Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns in RAF No 1 Dress uniform
Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns in RAF No 1 Dress uniform

Air Chief Marshal (Air Chf Mshl or ACM) is a senior air officer rank in the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom as well as in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and in the air forces of many Commonwealth nations. It is the rank held by the current British Chief of the Air Staff and the Commander-in-Chief of Air Command. Officers in the rank of Air Chief Marshal typically hold appointments such as the air force or armed forces commander in those nations which have significant military capability. Air Chief Marshals may be addressed generically as "Air Marshal". Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (592x1348, 242 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Order of the Bath Air Chief Marshal Richard Johns ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (592x1348, 242 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Order of the Bath Air Chief Marshal Richard Johns ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns, GCB CBE LVO FRAeS RAF has been Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle since 2000. ... An Air Officer is a U.K. Royal Air Force officer of rank Air Commodore or higher. ... RAF redirects here. ... The Commonwealth of Nations as of 2006 Headquarters Marlborough House, London, UK Official languages English Membership 53 sovereign states Leaders  -  Queen Elizabeth II  -  Secretary-General Don McKinnon (since 1 April 2000) Establishment  -  Balfour Declaration 18 November 1926   -  Statute of Westminster 11 December 1931   -  London Declaration 28 April 1949  Area  -  Total... Chief of the Air Staff can also refer to the head of the Canadian Forces Air Command or the head of the Indian Air Force. ... The formation of Royal Air Force Air Command was announced to Parliament by the Defence Secretary, Rt Hon Des Browne on 15 March 2007. ...

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Seniority

Air Chief Marshal is a 4 star rank and has a NATO ranking code of OF-9. An Air Chief Marshal is equivalent to an Admiral in the Royal Navy and a General in the British Army or Royal Marines. An officer of 4 star rank is a very senior commander in any of the armed services holding a rank described by the NATO code of OF-9. ... This article is about the military alliance. ... For other uses, see Admiral (disambiguation). ... This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... The Royal Marines (RM) are the marines and amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom and, along with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, form the Naval Service [2]. They are also the United Kingdoms amphibious force and specialists in mountain and Arctic warfare. ...


The rank of Air Chief Marshal is immediately senior to the rank of Air Marshal but subordinate to Marshal of the Royal Air Force (or other national equivalent). Although no RAF officer has been promoted to Marshal of the Royal Air Force since the British defence cuts of the 1990s, British Air Chief Marshals are not the most senior officers in the RAF as several retired officers continue to retain the RAF's highest rank. Equally, in the Indian Air Force, the honorary promotion of Arjan Singh to Marshal of the Indian Air Force in 2002 resulted in Indian Air Chief Marshals no longer being the most senior IAF officers. An air marshals sleeve/shoulder insignia Air Marshal (Air Mshl or AM) is a rank in the Royal Air Force. ... Marshal of the RAF sleeve/shoulder insignia Marshal of the Royal Air Force was the highest rank in the Royal Air Force. ... The Indian Air Force (भारतीय वायु सेना : Bharatiya Vayu Sena) is the air-arm of the Armed Forces of India and has the prime responsibility of conducting aerial warfare and securing the Indian airspace. ... Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh DFC was born on April 15, 1919 in Lyalpur, and educated at Montogmery (then a part of undivided India, and, now in Pakistan). ... Marshal of the Air Force is both a generic term for the most senior rank in an air force, equivalent to Field Marshal or Fleet Admiral and, in some air forces, a rank title. ...


Origins

Prior to the adoption of RAF-specific rank titles in 1919, it was suggested that the RAF might use the Royal Navy's officer ranks, with the word "Air" inserted before the naval rank title. For example, the rank that later became Air Chief Marshal would have been Air Admiral. The Admiralty objected to any use of their rank titles, including this modified form, and so an alternative proposal was put forward: Air Officer ranks would be based on the term "Ardian", which was derived from a combination of the Gaelic words for "chief" (ard) and "bird" (eun), with the unmodified word "Ardian" being used specifically for the equivalent to full Admiral and General. However, Air Chief Marshal was preferred and was adopted on 1 August 1919. The rank was first used on 1 April 1922. This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... Flag of the Lord High Admiral The Admiralty was formerly the authority in the United Kingdom responsible for the command of the Royal Navy. ... An Air Officer is a U.K. Royal Air Force officer of rank Air Commodore or higher. ... The Goidelic languages (also sometimes called, particularly in colloquial situations, the Gaelic languages or collectively Gaelic) have historically been part of a dialect continuum stretching from the south of Ireland, the Isle of Man, to the north of Scotland. ... The penis (plural penises, penes) is an external male sexual organ. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Insignia, command flag and star plate

The rank insignia consists of three narrow light blue bands (each on a slightly wider black band) over a light blue band on a broad black band. This is worn on the both the lower sleeves of the No1 tunic or on the shoulders of the flying suit or the casual uniform.


The command flag for an RAF Air Chief Marshal is defined by the two broad red bands running through the centre of the flag.


The vehicle star plate for an RAF Air Chief Marshal depicts four white stars (Air Chief Marshal is a four star rank) on an air force blue background.

Other air forces

The rank of Air Chief Marshal is also used in a number of the air forces in the Commonwealth, including the Indian Air Force (IAF), Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). It is also used in the Egyptian Air Force.[citation needed] In the Indonesian Air Force,Malaysia Air Force the equivalent rank is Marsekal (literally just "Marshal") which is often translated as Air Chief Marshal.[citation needed] The Commonwealth of Nations as of 2006 Headquarters Marlborough House, London, UK Official languages English Membership 53 sovereign states Leaders  -  Queen Elizabeth II  -  Secretary-General Don McKinnon (since 1 April 2000) Establishment  -  Balfour Declaration 18 November 1926   -  Statute of Westminster 11 December 1931   -  London Declaration 28 April 1949  Area  -  Total... The Indian Air Force (भारतीय वायु सेना : Bharatiya Vayu Sena) is the air-arm of the Armed Forces of India and has the prime responsibility of conducting aerial warfare and securing the Indian airspace. ... The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) (Urdu: پاک فضائیہ, Pak Fazaya) is the Aviation branch of the Pakistan armed forces and is responsible for defending Pakistani air-space from intrusions. ... The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is the Air Force branch of the Australian Defence Force. ... The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) is the air force arm of the New Zealand Defence Force. ... The Egyptian Air Force, or EAF (Arabic: , ), is the aviation branch of the Egyptian armed forces. ... Indonesias armed forces (Indonesian: Tentara Nasional Indonesia, abbreviated as TNI, formerly Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia, abbreviated as ABRI) total about 1,602,000 members, including the Army (TNI-AD), Navy(including marines), and Air Force. ...


Royal Australian Air Force

Main article: Air Chief Marshal (Australia)

In Australia, this rank is only used when the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) is an Air Force Officer. When this is not the case, the senior ranking Air Force officer is the Chief of Air Force, an Air Marshal. Air Chief Marshal is the highest active rank of the Royal Australian Air Force and was created as a direct equivalent of the British Royal Air Force rank of Air Chief Marshal, it is also considered a 4 star rank. ... Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, current CDF The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) is the most senior appointment in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). ... An air marshals sleeve/shoulder insignia Air Marshal (Air Mshl or AM) is a rank in the Royal Air Force. ...


Royal Canadian Air Force

The Royal Canadian Air Force used this rank until the 1968 unification of the Canadian Forces, when Army-type rank titles after the American pattern were adopted and an Air Chief Marshal became a General. “RCAF” redirects here. ... The Canadian Forces (CF) (French: Forces canadiennes (FC)) are the unified armed forces of Canada, governed by the National Defence Act, which states: The Canadian Forces are the armed forces of Her Majesty raised by Canada and consist of one Service called the Canadian Armed Forces. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Notable air chief marshals

“Dowding” redirects here. ... Fighter Command was one of three functional commands that dominated the public perception of the RAF for much of the mid-20th century. ... Air Chief Marshal Lloyd Samuel Breadner CB, DSC (July 14, 1894, Carleton Place, Ontario - March 14, 1952, Boston, Massachusetts) was a Canadian military pilot. ...

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