Air Vice-Marshal Lincoln Taylor CB OBE
AVM Taylor joined the RAF in 1990 and started his operational service on No 3 (Fighter) Sqn at Laarbruch in 1994 where he gained Electronic Warfare Instructor and Qualified Weapons Instructor status on the Harrier. Following the Force’s relocation to the UK, Taylor was posted as a Weapons Instructor. Upon promotion in 2000, Taylor filled an exchange posting with the USAF, flying the F-117A Stealth Fighter based in New Mexico. Upon return to the UK, Taylor took a post as Typhoon Requirements Manager and subsequently, as Typhoon Capability Manager responsible for Typhoon Capability and bringing the platform into Operational Service.
On promotion in 2005, and after Advanced Staff Training, Taylor filled a Future Capabilities role within Air Command. There, he was responsible for representing the front-line perspective to F-35, Voyager, Atlas and the Future Combat Air Capability. Taylor was then selected to command, No 20(R) Sqn, the Harrier OCU in 2007.
After command, Taylor was posted into the Deep Target Attack Capability area within MoD, primarily responsible for Harrier and Tornado. In 2010, Taylor was selected for promotion to Gp Capt and undertook a tour as Chief of Staff, British Forces South Atlantic Islands. In 2011, Taylor took command of Development Division within the Air Warfare Centre, where he was responsible for Future Capability development, Air Survivability and F-35 Lightning II, Operational Test. On promotion to Air Cdre, Taylor was appointed as Senior Responsible Owner for the UK’s F-35, Typhoon, Airseeker, MARSHALL, GUARDIAN, Future Combat Air System (FCAS), and Gladiator Programmes.
Taylor initiated and became the first Head of the Royal Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO); this included leading the FCAS Technology Initiative (including TEMPEST), the RCO Air Information Experimentation Laboratory and RCO Core Projects Divisions.
Promoted to Air Vice-Marshal in 2019, he is now Director Capability & Programmes, at Headquarters Air Command.
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