Philip Sturley


Air Marshal Philip Oliver Sturley, CB, MBE, FRAeS (born 9 July 1950) is a former senior commander in the Royal Air Force.

Philip Sturley
Air Vice-Marshal Philip Sturley in 2002
Born (1950-07-09) 9 July 1950 (age 74)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1968–2005
RankAir Marshal
Commands heldNo. 38 Group (1998–00)
RAF Cottesmore (1992–93)
No. II (AC) Squadron (1987–88)
Battles/warsUnited Nations Protection Force
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Member of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

Flying career


Educated at St Ignatius' College in London and Southampton University, Sturley was commissioned in the Royal Air Force in 1972.[1] He became Director of Air Staff Briefing and Co-ordination at the Ministry of Defence in 1990, Station Commander at RAF Cottesmore in 1992 and Secretary to the Military Committee at NATO Headquarters in 1994.[1] He went on to be Air Officer Commanding No. 38 Group in 1998, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in 2000 and Chief of Staff to the Air North Commander in 2003, before retiring in 2005.[1]

Sturley served as president of the Royal Air Forces Association[2] from May 2005 to May 2011.


  1. ^ a b c Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010, ISBN 978-1-408-11414-8
  2. ^ Royal Air Forces Association
  • Debrett's – Air Marshal Philip Sturley
  • II(AC) Sqn Association Web Site – P O Sturley
Military offices
Preceded by Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
Succeeded by