THE HARRIER EDITION
Air Marshal Stuart AthaCB DSO MA BSc RAF
Deputy Commander Operations
Stuart Atha joined the RAF in 1984, following a tour as an instructor on the Hawk, he flew the Harrier GR7 from 1990 to 2003 serving in Germany and the UK as a front-line pilot, flight commander and squadron commander of No 3 (Fighter) Squadron. Between 2006 and 2008 he commanded Royal Air Force Coningsby, serving as the inaugural Typhoon Force Commander and displaying the Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. He commanded No 83 Expeditionary Air Group in the Gulf in 2009/10 and No 1 Group between 2011 and 2014. His staff tours have included posts in the Air Warfare Centre, the Directorate of Operational Capability, Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff, Head of Joint Capability in the Ministry of Defence and most recently Chief of Staff (Operations) in the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 2003, a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in 2010 and he was appointed as a Companion to the Order of the Bath in 2015.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns GCB, KCVO, CBE
Richard Johns served in the Royal Air Force from January 1957 to August 2000. As a fighter pilot he was stationed in the UK, Aden, Oman and Germany. As a flying instructor he counted amongst his pupils HRH The Prince of Wales. In senior appointments he commanded the RAF Germany Harrier Force and was Director of Operations in the Joint Headquarters for the first Gulf War.
After three years as Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces North West Europe in NATO, he was appointed Chief of the Air Staff in 1997. Sir
Richard was fortunate to fly as captain a variety of Service aircraft including Meteors, Javelins, Hunters, Gnats, Harriers, Tornados and Hercules. He also qualified as captain on Puma and Chinook helicopters.
On his retirement in April 2000 HM The Queen appointed Sir Richard as the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle where he served as the official representative of The Queen. Her Majesty also approved his appointment as the first Honorary Air Commodore of the RAF Regiment.
Air Commodore Malcolm White OBE
Malcolm White joined the Royal Air Force in 1971. Following initial training and a spell on the Hunter, the majority of his career was devoted to flying the RAF Harrier, which included 2-years with the United States Marine Corps.
He commanded 1453 Flight in the Falkland Islands (twice); IV (AC) Squadron at RAF Gutersloh and the air base at RAF Laarbruch, where he was also the UK Harrier Force Commander.
Beyond his commitments to NATO, he deployed on operations to Belize and the Falkland Islands. On the ground he held staff appointments in the UK Ministry of Defence; and at the RAF's Air Command Headquarters in High Wycombe and Rheindahlen in Germany.
During his final 4-years in the RAF he was Commandant (Air) at the Joint Services and Command Staff College, and the Director of Training and Standards of the UK's Joint Rapid Reaction Force.
Malcolm has been a Trustee at the RAF Museum since 2004.