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Encyclopedia > David Craig, Baron Craig of Radley

Marshal of the Royal Air Force David Craig, Baron Craig of Radley GCB OBE (born 17 September 1929) is a retired [1] Royal Air Force officer and member of the House of Lords. Marshal of the RAF sleeve/shoulder insignia Marshal of the Royal Air Force was the highest rank in the Royal Air Force. ... Military Badge of the Order of the Bath The Most Honourable Order of the Bath is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years). ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Royal Air Force (often abbreviated to RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ...


Craig was educated at Radley College and Lincoln College, Oxford from where he graduated with a BA in Pure Mathematics. Radley College is an English public school (i. ... College name Lincoln College Named after Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln Established 1427 Sister College Downing College Rector Prof. ... A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B., from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ...


After receiving his commission in 1951, the Lord Craig went on to fly Meteors and Hunters. Notably, he has commanded No. 35 Squadron, been Station Commander at RAF Cranwell and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Strike Command. The Gloster Meteor was the first jet fighter aircraft of the British Royal Air Force, introduced into service only weeks after the Third Reichs Messerschmitt Me 262, in August 1944 during World War II. It was thus the second fighter jet in history and the first of the WWII... The Hawker Hunter was a British jet fighter aircraft of the 1950s/1960s. ... RAF Cranwell is a Royal Air Force station in Lincolnshire close to the village of Cranwell, near Sleaford. ... The Royal Air Forces Strike Command is the military organization which controls the majority of the United Kingdoms combat aircraft. ...


Lord Craig was Chief of the Air Staff, and subsequently Chief of Defence Staff from December 9, 1988 to April 1, 1991. 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 Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is the senior member of the Canadian Forces and reports directly to the Minister of National Defence. ... December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He is a member of the House of Lords and was the Convenor of the Crossbench Peers from December 1999 until July 2004.


Footnote

  1.   Strictly speaking, Marshals of the Royal Air Force remain on the active list even when they have, for all practical purposes, retired.
Preceded by:
Sir Keith Williamson
Commander-in-Chief Strike Command
1982–1985
Succeeded by:
Sir Peter Harding
Preceded by:
Sir Keith Williamson
Chief of the Air Staff
1985–1988
Succeeded by:
Sir Peter Harding
Preceded by:
The Lord Fieldhouse
Chief of the Defence Staff
1988–1991
Succeeded by:
The Lord Vincent

 
 

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