Tony Mason (RAF officer)

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Tony Mason
Born (1932-10-22) 22 October 1932 (age 85)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1956–89
Rank Air Vice Marshal
Commands held Air Secretary (1985–89)
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Air Vice Marshal Richard Anthony "Tony" Mason, CB, CBE, DL (born 22 October 1932) is a retired senior commander of the Royal Air Force who became Air Secretary.

Royal Air Force Aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force. Formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world. Following victory over the Central Powers in 1918 the RAF emerged as, at the time, the largest air force in the world. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history. In particular, it played a large part in the Second World War where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain.

The Air Secretary is the Royal Air Force appointment of which the incumbent is responsible for policy direction on personnel management for members of the RAF. From 1978 to 1983 the Air Secretary was more often referred to as Air Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Personnel Management Centre. It is a senior RAF appointment, held by an officer holding the rank of air vice-marshal. The Air Secretary's counterpart in the British Army is the Military Secretary. The Royal Navy equivalent is the Naval Secretary.

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Early life

Mason was born on 22 October 1932, [1] the son of William and Maud Mason. [2] He was educated at the then all-boys independent Bradford Grammar School and at the University of St Andrews, from where he graduated with a Master of Arts (MA). [2]

Independent school (United Kingdom) fee-paying school in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, independent schools are fee-paying private schools, governed by an elected board of governors and independent of many of the regulations and conditions that apply to state-funded schools. For example, pupils do not have to follow the National Curriculum. Many of the older, expensive and more exclusive schools catering for the 13–18 age-range in England and Wales are known as public schools as defined by the Public Schools Act 1868, the term "public" being derived from the fact that they were then open to pupils regardless of where they lived or their religion. Prep (preparatory) schools educate younger children up to the age of 13 to "prepare" them for entry to the public schools and other independent schools. Some former grammar schools converted to an independent fee-paying model following the 1965 Circular 10/65 which marked the end of their state funding; others converted into comprehensive schools.

Bradford Grammar School

Bradford Grammar School (BGS) is a co-educational, independent school in Frizinghall, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Headmaster, Simon Hinchliffe is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC). The school was founded in 1548 and granted its Charter by King Charles II in 1662. Until 1975 it was a direct grant grammar school, and when this scheme was abolished it chose to become independent. The school motto is Latin: Hoc Age.

University of St Andrews university in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

The University of St Andrews is a British public university in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It is the oldest of the four ancient universities of Scotland and the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. St Andrews was founded between 1410 and 1413, when the Avignon Antipope Benedict XIII issued a papal bull to a small founding group of Augustinian clergy.

Military career

Mason was commissioned into the Education Branch of the Royal Air Force as a flying officer on 29 June 1956 with the service number 504826. [3] Promoted to flight lieutenant on 29 December 1958, [4] he was appointed to a permanent commission on 1 July 1959. [5] He was promoted to squadron leader on 17 February 1963 [6] and to wing commander on 1 July 1970. [7] He attended the United States Air Forces's Air War College located in Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama in 1971 and the RAF's Staff College in Bracknell, Berkshire in 1972. [1]

Flying officer junior commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force and the air forces of many countries

Flying officer is a junior commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force and the air forces of many countries which have historical British influence. It is also sometimes used as the English translation of an equivalent rank in countries which have a non-English air force-specific rank structure. In these cases a flying officer usually ranks above pilot officer and immediately below flight lieutenant.

A service number is an identification code used to identify a person within a large group. Service numbers are most often associated with the military; however, they may be used in civilian organizations as well. Social Security Numbers may be seen as types of service numbers.

Flight lieutenant Junior commissioned rank

Flight Lieutenant is a junior commissioned air force rank that originated in the Royal Naval Air Service and is still used in the Royal Air Force and many other countries, especially in the Commonwealth. It is also sometimes used as the English translation of an equivalent rank in non-English-speaking countries, especially those with an air force-specific rank structure.

He became Director of Defence Studies in 1976. [2] He was promoted to group captain on 1 January 1977. [8] In the 1981 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). [9] He was appointed Director of Personnel (Ground) in 1982, [2] and promoted to air commodore on 1 January 1983 as part of the half-yearly promotions. [10] He became Air Secretary in 1985, having been Deputy Air Secretary in 1984. [2] He was promoted to air vice marshal on 1 January 1986, once again as part of the half-yearly promotions. [11] He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours. [12] He was succeeded as Air Secretary by Air Vice Marshal Robert Honey on 10 February 1989. [13]

Group captain Senior commissioned rank which originated in the Royal Air Force

Group captain is a senior commissioned rank in many air forces. Group captain has a NATO rank code of OF-5, meaning that it ranks above wing commander, immediately below air commodore and is the equivalent of the naval rank of captain and the rank of colonel in other services.

Air commodore is a one-star rank and the most junior general rank of the air-officer which originated in and continues to be used by the Royal Air Force. The rank is also used by the air forces of many countries which have historical British influence such as Zimbabwe, and it is sometimes used as the English translation of an equivalent rank in countries which have a non-English air force-specific rank structure. The name of the rank is always the full phrase and is never shortened to Commodore, which is a rank in various naval forces.

Air Vice Marshal Robert John Honey, is a former senior commander in the Royal Air Force. He served as Air Secretary from 1989 until his retirement in 1994.

He retired from the Royal Air Force on 22 April 1989. [14]

Later life

Following his retirement from the RAF, Mason became an academic. In 1996, he was made an honorary professor of the University of Birmingham. [2] He had been Director of its Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy [15] from 1988 to 2001. [2] He was a specialist air adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee between 2001 and 2006. [2] [16]

University of Birmingham university in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. It received its royal charter in 1900 as a successor to Queen's College, Birmingham and Mason Science College, making it the first English civic or 'red brick' university to receive its own royal charter. It is a founding member of both the Russell Group of British research universities and the international network of research universities, Universitas 21.

He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (Hon FRAeS) in 2006. [2] In March 2002, he was commissioned a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) to the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire. [17]

Personal life

In 1956 he married Margaret Sneddon Stewart; they had two daughters Lindsay and Pamela (died 1985). [18]

Published works

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Barry Duxbury
Air Secretary
1985–1989
Succeeded by
Robert Honey