Air Marshal Richard Knighton
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Capability), Ministry of Defence UK
AM Knighton joined the RAF in 1988 as a University Cadet and studied at Clare College Cambridge graduating in 1991. He spent his early career working as an engineer officer on Nimrod and Tornado F3 aircraft and several tours on the Harrier force including being Senior Engineer Officer on 20 Sqn – the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit – at RAF Wittering. After 2 years in this role, including a short stint as Senior Engineer Officer on 1 Squadron in Italy during the Kosovo campaign, he was posted to the Tornado Integrated Project Team as the fleet manager for all marks of Tornado.