Michael Beavis

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Sir Michael Beavis
Born (1929-08-13) 13 August 1929 (age 89)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1947–87
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Support Command (1981–84)
RAF Staff College, Bracknell (1980–81)
No. 10 Squadron (1966–68)
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Air Force Cross

Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Gordon Beavis, KCB, CBE, AFC (born 13 August 1929) is a former Royal Air Force officer who served as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Support Command from 1981 to 1984.

RAF career[edit]

Educated at Kilburn Grammar School, Beavis joined the Royal Air Force in 1947 and was commissioned two years later.[1] In June 1961 Beavis set the record for the fastest non-stop flight from the UK to Australia which he established by flying a Vulcan from RAF Scampton to RAAF Richmond in just over 20 hours.[2][3]

He became Officer Commanding No. 10 Squadron flying VC10s in 1966 and Group Captain Flying at RAF Akrotiri in 1968.[1] He was appointed Assistant Director of Defence Policy at the Ministry of Defence in 1971, Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters RAF Germany in 1976 and Director General of RAF Training in 1977.[1] He went on to be Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Bracknell in 1980, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Support Command in 1981 and Deputy Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Central Europe in 1984 before retiring in 1987.[1]


In 1949 he married Joy Marion Jones; they had one son and one daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ Qantas flies London-Sydney non-stop Flight International, 26 August 1989
  3. ^ No. 214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron Royal Air Force
Military offices
Preceded by
John Curtiss
Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Bracknell
Succeeded by
David Parry-Evans
Preceded by
Sir John Gingell
Commander-in-Chief Support Command
Succeeded by
Sir David Harcourt-Smith
Preceded by
Sir John Gingell
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Central Europe
Succeeded by
Sir Joseph Gilbert