Michael Knight (RAF officer)

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Sir Michael Knight
Born (1932-11-23) 23 November 1932 (age 85)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1953–89
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Air Member for Supply and Organisation (1983–85)
No. 1 Group (1980–82)
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Air Force Cross

Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael William Patrick Knight, KCB, AFC (born 23 November 1932) is a former senior Royal Air Force commander. He is well respected and renowned for his various charity projects, especially for the "Vulcan to the Sky" cause.

RAF career[edit]

Knight joined the Royal Air Force in 1953.[1] He was appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group in 1980, Air Member for Supply and Organisation in 1983 and UK Military Representative to NATO in 1986.[2] He retired in 1989.[2] As of 2009, he was still actively involved in "Vulcan to the Sky", a project that returned a vintage Avro Vulcan XH558 to airworthiness and flight.[3][4]

In retirement he was Chairman of the Air League.[2]


In 1967 he married Patricia Ann Davies; they have one son and two daughters. Knight enjoys rugby and music in his spare time.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 39935". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 August 1953. p. 4367. 
  2. ^ a b c d Debrett's People of Today 1994
  3. ^ Vulcan rules the skies again after £6m facelift Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2007
  4. ^ Irvine, Chris (2009-02-11). "Sir Richard Branson, Frederick Forsyth and Robin Gibb want Vulcan to keep flying". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-07-29. 
Military offices
Preceded by
David Craig
Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group
Succeeded by
David Parry-Evans
Preceded by
Sir John Rogers
Air Member for Supply and Organisation
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Armitage
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Morony
UK Military Representative to NATO
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Thomas