Iain McNicoll


Air Marshal Iain Walter McNicoll, CB, CBE, FRAeS (born 3 May 1953) is a retired Royal Air Force officer. He was formerly Deputy Commander-in-Chief Operations, RAF Air Command.

Iain McNicoll
Born (1953-05-03) 3 May 1953 (age 70)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1975–2010
RankAir Marshal
Commands heldNo. 2 Group (2005–07)
RAF Brüggen (1998–00)
No. 17 Squadron (1992–95)
Battles/warsOperation Allied Force
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

RAF career Edit

Educated at the High School of Dundee and the University of Edinburgh, where he gained a Bachelor of Science, and having been in the East Lowlands Universities Air Squadron McNicoll joined the Royal Air Force Flying Branch in 1975.[1]

He was appointed Officer Commanding No. 17(F) Squadron in 1992[1] and assistant director of Operational Capability at the Ministry of Defence in 1996. He went on to be Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Defence Staff in 1997[1] and Station Commander RAF Brüggen in 1998 in which role had operational control of the base's Tornado aircraft during 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.[1]

He became Director of Force Development in 2000,[1] Director-General of Joint Doctrine and Concepts in 2002[1] and Air Officer Commanding No. 2 Group in 2005.[1] His last appointment was as Deputy Commander-in-Chief (Operations) at Air Command in 2007,[1] in which role he had to defend the airworthiness of his ageing aircraft,[2] before he retired in April 2010.

Personal life Edit

He married Wendelien van den Biggelaar, a Dutch citizen, in 1980: they have one son and two daughters.[1]

Reference list Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Air Marshal I W McNicoll CB CBE BSc FRAeS RAF Deputy Commander-in-Chief Operations RAF
  2. ^ RAF transport fleet 'out of date' BBC News, 24 November 2006
Military offices
Preceded by Station Commander RAF Brüggen
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nigel Maddox
Senior Royal Air Force Officer Germany
Succeeded by
Tim Anderson
Preceded by
Nigel Maddox
Air Officer Commanding No. 2 Group
Succeeded by
New title Deputy Commander-in-Chief Operations RAF Air Command
Succeeded by