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Michael Graydon
Air Chief Marshal
Air Chief Marshal
Sir Michael James Graydon, GCB, CBE (born 24 October 1938) is a retired Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF) officer. He was a fast jet pilot in the 1960s, a squadron commander in the 1970s and a station commander in the 1980s before serving as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Strike Command during the Gulf War
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Kew
Kew
Kew
(/kjuː/) is a suburban[2] district in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-east of Richmond[3] and 7.1 miles (11.4 km) west by south-west of Charing Cross; its population at the 2011 Census was 11,436.[1] Kew
Kew
is the location of the Royal Botanic Gardens (" Kew
Kew
Gardens"), now a World Heritage Site, which includes Kew
Kew
Palace. Kew
Kew
is also the home of important historical documents such as Domesday Book, which is held at The National Archives. Successive Tudor, Stuart and Georgian monarchs maintained links with Kew
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Wing Commander (rank)
Wing commander (Wg Cdr in the RAF, the IAF, and the PAF, WGCDR in the RNZAF and RAAF, formerly sometimes W/C in all services) is a senior commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force[1] and the air forces of many countries which have historical British influence, including many Commonwealth countries but not including Canada and South Africa. It is sometimes used as the English translation of an equivalent rank in countries which have a non-English air force-specific rank structure. It ranks immediately above squadron leader and immediately below group captain
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RAF Wattisham
Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
Station Wattisham
Wattisham
or more simply RAF Wattisham
Wattisham
(ICAO: EGUW) is a former Royal Air Force station
Royal Air Force station
located in East Anglia
East Anglia
just outside the village of Wattisham, south of Stowmarket
Stowmarket
in Suffolk, England
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English Electric Lightning
The English Electric
English Electric
Lightning is a supersonic fighter aircraft of the Cold War
Cold War
era. It was designed, developed, and manufactured by English Electric, which was subsequently absorbed by the newly formed British Aircraft Corporation. It was then marketed as the BAC Lightning. The Lightning was the only all-British Mach 2 fighter aircraft. The Lightning was used by the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF) and the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). Although it was the RAF's primary interceptor for more than two decades, it was never required to attack another aircraft. The Lightning is powered by two Rolls-Royce Avon
Rolls-Royce Avon
turbojet engines in a unique staggered stacked installation in the fuselage
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Flight Lieutenant
Flight Lieutenant
Lieutenant
(Flt Lt in the RAF and IAF; FLTLT in the RAAF
RAAF
and RNZAF—formerly sometimes F/L in all services) is a junior commissioned air force rank that originated in the Royal Naval Air Service and is still used in the Royal Air Force[1] and many other countries, especially in the Commonwealth. It is also sometimes used as the English translation of an equivalent rank in non-English-speaking countries, especially those with an air force-specific rank structure. Flight lieutenant
Flight lieutenant
ranks above flying officer and below squadron leader. The name of the rank is the complete phrase; it is never shortened to "lieutenant". It has a NATO
NATO
ranking code of OF-2, and is equivalent to a lieutenant in the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
and a captain in the British Army
British Army
and the Royal Marines
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RAF Akrotiri
Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
Akrotiri or more simply RAF Akrotiri
RAF Akrotiri
(IATA: AKT, ICAO: LCRA) is a large Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
station, on the Mediterranean
Mediterranean
island of Cyprus
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Cyprus
Cyprus,[f] officially the Republic of Cyprus,[g] is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. Cyprus
Cyprus
is located south of Turkey, west of Syria
Syria
and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece. The earliest known human activity on the island dates to around the 10th millennium BC. Archaeological remains from this period include the well-preserved Neolithic
Neolithic
village of Khirokitia, and Cyprus
Cyprus
is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world.[9] Cyprus
Cyprus
was settled by Mycenaean Greeks in two waves in the 2nd millennium BC
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Birthday Honours
King's/Queen's Birthday Honours is, in some Commonwealth realms, the marking of the reigning monarch's official birthday by granting various individuals appointment into national or dynastic orders or the award of decorations and medals. The honours are presented by the monarch or a viceregal representative. New Year Honours
New Year Honours
and Birthday Honours are bestowed each year. All royal honours are published in the relevant gazette, and the daily newspapers of each realm. Honours have been awarded on the sovereign's birthday since at least 1860, during the reign of Queen Victoria. The birthday of her successor, King Edward VII
Edward VII
(r
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Squadron Leader
Squadron leader
Squadron leader
(Sqn Ldr in the RAF ; SQNLDR in the RAAF
RAAF
and RNZAF; formerly sometimes S/L in all services) is a commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force[1] and the air forces of many countries which have historical British influence. It is also sometimes used as the English translation of an equivalent rank in countries which have a non-English air force-specific rank structure. An air force squadron leader ranks above flight lieutenant and immediately below wing commander and it is the most junior of the senior officer ranks. The air force rank of squadron leader has a NATO ranking code of OF-3, equivalent to a lieutenant-commander in the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
or a major in the British Army
British Army
or the Royal Marines
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RAF Staff College, Bracknell
The RAF Staff College
College
at Bracknell
Bracknell
was a Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
staff college active for most of the second half of the 20th century. Its role was the training of staff officers in the administrative, staff and policy aspects of air force matters. Its motto was Visu et Nisu which is Latin for by vision and effort
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Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum
The Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum
Brunssum
(JFCBS) is a NATO
NATO
command at Brunssum, the Netherlands.Contents1 History 2 Facilities2.1 Hendrik van Nassau-Ouwerkerk Camp 2.2 Static War Headquarters Castlegate3 Subordinate Commands in 1989 4 Commanders 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] Originally the command was known as Headquarters, Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT) when it was activated in August 1953 in Fontainebleau, outside Paris, France.[1] After General
General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D

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Ministry Of Defence (United Kingdom)
The Ministry of Defence (MoD or MOD) is the British government department responsible for implementing the defence policy set by Her Majesty's Government and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces. The MOD states that its principal objectives are to defend the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its interests and to strengthen international peace and stability.[3] With the collapse of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and the end of the Cold War, the MOD does not foresee any short-term conventional military threat; rather, it has identified weapons of mass destruct
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Joint Service Defence College
The Joint Service Defence College
Joint Service Defence College
(JSDC) was a training academy for British military personnel in the period from 1983 to 1997. It has now been amalgamated into the Joint Services Command and Staff College.Contents1 History 2 Staff and students 3 See also 4 ReferencesHistory[edit] The college was originally established as the Combined Staff College (CSC) in 1947.[1] The college was an independent Ministry of Defence Establishment offering courses to officers of all three services.[1] It was based at Latimer House
Latimer House
in Latimer, Buckinghamshire.[2] It was renamed the National Defence College (NDC) in 1971
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Hawker Hunter
The Hawker Hunter
Hawker Hunter
is a transonic British jet-powered fighter aircraft that was developed by Hawker Aircraft
Hawker Aircraft
for the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF) during the late 1940s and early 1950s. It was designed to take advantage of the newly developed Rolls-Royce Avon
Rolls-Royce Avon
turbojet engine and the swept wing, and was the first jet-powered aircraft produced by Hawker to be procured by the RAF. On 7 September 1953, the modified first prototype broke the world air speed record for aircraft, achieving a speed of 727.63 mph (1,171.01 km/h; 632.29 kn). The single-seat Hunter was introduced to service in 1954 as a manoeuvrable day interceptor aircraft, quickly succeeding first-generation jet fighters in RAF service such as the Gloster Meteor and the de Havilland Venom. The all-weather/night fighter role was filled by the Gloster Javelin
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Latimer, Buckinghamshire
Latimer is a village that sits on the border between Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, England. Latimer and Ley Hill
Ley Hill
parish forms part of the Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire
district of Chiltern. The parish includes the villages of Latimer, Ley Hill
Ley Hill
and Tyler's Hill. In 2013, the civil parish was renamed Latimer and Ley Hill
Ley Hill
from simply Latimer.[2] Latimer was originally joined with the adjacent village of Chenies. Both were anciently called Isenhampstead, at a time when there was a royal palace in the vicinity. However, in the reign of King Edward III of England
England
the lands were split between two manorial barons: Thomas Cheyne in the village that later became called 'Chenies', and William Latimer in this village
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