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Highest ranking VSO who still flies fast jets regularly

Old 3rd Feb 2019, 20:42
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Group Captain Jock Kennedy was promoted
Air Commodore whilst Staish at Brize Norton and flew the Britannia, Belfast and VC10 during his tenure. Later when an Air Marshal As C in C RAF Germany he allegedly flew every type under his command whilst there.
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I think RAF Leuchars used to be commanded by an Air Cdre, with the person also taking the role as Air Officer Scotland, if I'm not mistaken?
He flew the last scheduled based aircraft out all those years ago too.
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How many of these esteemed gents are/were CR on their type?
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How many of these esteemed gents are/were CR on their type?
CR implies maintaining documentation currency as well as flying proficiency. I know from personal observation that even stn cdrs, Wing Staff and even sqn cdrs might be good sticks but will be at the blunt edge of CR.

We had a succession of sqn cdrs who were borderline CR at best. One, a nav, would take a heap of office work airborne, the next avoided any exercise or training sortie, a third flew into CuG.
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One, a nav, would take a heap of office work airborne
We also had one, a plotter, who famously left all of the pre flight planning, etc to his nav rad and would arrive at the last possible moment to go and fly. At the end of the tour said nav radar got an AFC, and many years later at a reunion I got the former CO to admit that the AFC was basically for "carrying" him throughout his tour.
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Not for nothing is the airborne hour before sunset widely known as 'Squadron commander's Night'.
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In the V-Force sqn cdrs were always members of constituted crews. In maritime and AEW Shack they were always super crew. Certainly had a Nimrod OC who overstepped his authority.

Our normal MOA was 200 feet but we could, if authorised go down to 100 feet. During an exercise he was standing in the back and basically bullied us into descending to 100 feet. He didn't give explict verbal authorisation. What he did was get us to go through the decision matrix, got us to say "if authorised" and then said "you are so authorised".

Had we tipped a wing in there would have been a presumption of illegal low flying against out pilot.

In other documents " if authorised" was the prerogative of the AOC.

Give me a competent flt lt over a low hours senior officer any day.
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