Barry Thornton

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Sir Barry Michael Thornton
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Air Marshal Sir Barry Thornton in March 2007
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1976–2009
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Air Member for Material (2007–09)
Personnel and Training Command (2006–07)
Air Member for Logistics (2004–06)
Battles/wars Gulf War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Air Marshal Sir Barry Michael Thornton, KCB, CEng, FIMechE, FCMI, FRAeS was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force.

Personal life[edit]

Thornton was educated at Baines Grammar School and the University of Nottingham.

He is married to Delia Thornton, a trained midwife and family law barrister.[1] The couple has two sons, Oliver and William.[2]

Military career[edit]

Thornton joined the Royal Air Force in 1976.[3] He was given command of the Engineering and Supply Wing at RAF Honington in 1988 and subsequently deployed to Tabuk Air Base during the Gulf War.[3] In 1991 he took command of the RAF's nuclear weapon inspection team.[3] Then in 1997 he joined the Defence Procurement Agency as the Director of Maritime Projects with responsibility for the Merlin and Nimrod programmes.[3] In 2000 he became Controller of Aircraft on the Air Force Board and in 2003 he was made Director General Equipment Support (Air) and then Director General Logistics (Strike) at the Defence Logistics Organisation.[3] He became the last Commander in Chief Personnel and Training Command in January 2006 serving until April 2007 when the command was merged into Air Command: he then took up the post of Chief of Defence Material (Air) at Defence Equipment & Support.[4] He retired in May 2009.[5]


Military offices
Preceded by
Post re-activated
Air Member for Logistics
Succeeded by
David Rennison
Preceded by
Sir Joe French
Air Member for Personnel
Succeeded by
Stephen Dalton
Commander-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command
Command disestablished
New title
Post established
Chief of Material (Air)
Succeeded by
Kevin Leeson