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Sir Christopher Hugh Moran
Air Chief Marshal C H Moran. Photo Crown Copyright.
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Air Command
No. 1 Group
RAF Wittering
No. IV Squadron
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Member of the Royal Victorian Order

Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Hugh Moran, KCB, OBE, MVO (born 28 April 1956) is a senior Royal Air Force officer and the current Commander-in-Chief RAF Air Command (CinCAIR).

Military career

Moran joined the Royal Air Force as a university cadet whilst studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology where he graduated with a BSc, later earning an MA from King's College London.[1]

He flew Harriers with No IV Squadron, as Qualified Weapons Instructor, and as flight commander, in Belize, the Falkland Islands, and on HMS Illustrious. He was also an exchange officer with the United States Marine Corps at Cherry Point, North Carolina.

Moran commanded the Harrier squadron in the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Wittering, and then attended the Advanced Staff Course in 1991. After a brief posting to the Ministry of Defence he was appointed Equerry to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. In 1994 he became commanding officer of No IV Squadron in Germany.

Promoted to Group Captain in 1996, he was appointed Staff Officer HQ 1 Group, and in the following year, station commander of RAF Wittering.

After attending the Higher Command and Staff Course in 1999 Moran became Divisional Director at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, where he also completed an MA.

As an Air Commodore he was then Director of Air Staff until 2002, and then the Chief of Defence Staff's Liaison Officer to the US Joint Staff in Washington. In the following year he became Air Officer Commanding 1 Group as an Air Vice-Marshal. In 2005 he became Assistant Chief of Air Staff.

In 2005, Moran was appointed to the board of the Civil Aviation Authority[2].

He was promoted Air Marshal and became Deputy Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum in May 2007, in succession to Lieutenant General D L Judd CB.

Moran was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[3][4]

Air Chief Marshal Moran was appointed CinCAIR on 3 April 2009[5].


  1. ^ Assistant Chief of the Air Staff , Royal Air Force. Retrieved on 23 January 2007.
  2. ^ Assistant Chief of the Air Staff appointed to the Board of the CAA, Government News Network. Retrieved on 23 January 2007.
  3. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58929, p. 2, 31 December 2008.
  4. ^ Royal Air Force New Years Honours List 2009
  5. ^ Royal Air Force Air Rank Appointments List 06/08 retrieved 16 October 2008

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Glenn Torpy
Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group
Succeeded by
David Walker
Preceded by
David Walker
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
Succeeded by
T M Anderson
Preceded by
D L Judd
Deputy Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum
Succeeded by
C N Harper
Preceded by
Sir Clive Loader
Commander-in-Chief RAF Air Command


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