Vice-Chief of the Air Staff (United Kingdom)

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The British Vice-Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) was the post occupied by the senior Royal Air Force officer who served as a senior assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff. The post was created during World War II on 22 April 1940 and its incumbement sat on the Air Council. It was abolished in 1985 when the post's responsibilities were combined with those of the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Policy) and the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations) to create a single post, the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.

The Vice-Chief was responsible for defining the operational requirements for the RAF and conducting wider strategic planning.[1]

Vice chiefs of the air staff[edit]

Holders of the post included:[2]


  1. ^ The Arrow By James Dow, Page 114
  2. ^ Senior Royal Air Force Appointments
  3. ^ Sir Richard Peirse Archived November 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Air of Authority
  4. ^ Sir Wilfrid Freeman Air of Authority
  5. ^ C E H Medhurst Air of Authority
  6. ^ Sir Arthur Tedder Air of Authority
  7. ^ General Ike, A Biography of Dwight D Eisenhower
  8. ^ Sir Douglas Evill Air of Authority
  9. ^ "(Supplement) no. 37597". The London Gazette. 4 June 1946. p. 2751. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  10. ^ Sir William Dickson Air of Authority
  11. ^ Sir James Robb Air of Authority
  12. ^ Sir Arthur Sanders Air of Authority
  13. ^ Sir Ralph Cochrane The Honorable Sir Ralph Cochrane Air of Authority
  14. ^ Sir John Baker Air of Authority
  15. ^ Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman Air of Authority
  16. ^ Sir Edmund Hudleston Air of Authority
  17. ^ Sir Wallace Kyle Air of Authority
  18. ^ Sir John Nicholls Air of Authority