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Educated in South Africa (Michaelhouse and University of Witwatersrand), Rick Peacock-Edwards served for over 30 years in the RAF from which he retired as an Air Commodore in 1999.

The son of a Battle of Britain pilot his own flying career has been spent mainly flying fighter aircraft (Lightning, Hunter, F4 Phantom and Tornado F2/3). He also has extensive experience in flying training as a Qualified Flying Instructor, Instrument Rating Examiner and Pilot Navigation Instructor (on Gnat, Hunter and Hawk). He introduced the Tornado F2/3 to RAF Service and formed and commanded the Tornado F2/3 Operational Conversion Unit.

A graduate of the RAF Staff College, he was Deputy Director Air Defence at the MOD from 1989-90 and from 1990-92 he commanded the front-line Tornado base at RAF Leeming. During this time he was involved in the lead up to the first Gulf War as the first RAF Commander at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

From 1992-94 he was Deputy Commander of RAF Staff and Assistant Air Attaché at the British Embassy in Washington. On promotion to Air Commodore he was appointed Inspector of Flight Safety for the RAF and served in this appointment from 1994-97. His final tour of duty was as Director of Eurofighter Typhoon at the MOD.

In his post RAF career he first joined General Dynamics UK as Director of Government Affairs and was later appointed Director Military Advisors. He left GD UK in 2003 to join one of the consortiums (VECTOR) bidding for the UK Military Flying Training (MFTS) System Programme. He was MD of Vector from April 2004 until March 2007.

He is currently a founder Director of Speakers in Command (, now renamed In Command Ltd, and he is also MD of his own consultancy company, RPE Associates. He is a Past Master of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN), a City of London Livery Company, and is currently Chairman of the GAPAN Trophies and Awards Committee.

He was awarded the Air Force Cross (AFC) in 1987 and appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1993. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Chartered Institute of Management. He is Vice Chairman of the RAF Club, London, Chairman of the Aviation Focus Group, President of the Historic Aircraft Association, Chairman of the General Aviation Safety Council (GASCO), and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Air Cadets Training (IACT) Organisation. He is a Director of Java Wharf Property Management Ltd.

He is actively involved with the supervision of air displays. In this capacity, he is Chairman of the Imperial War Museum Duxford Flying Control Committee and he is also a member of the Flying Control Committees for the Farnborough International and Dawlish Air Displays. Until very recently he held a commission in the RAF Volunteer Reserve and flew Grob Tutors with No 6 Air Experience Flight at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, UK, giving air experience to air cadets.
1.The Lightning, the First Supersonic UK Fighter.
2. My Life as a Cold War Fighter Pilot
3. Leading The Queen's Birthday Flypast, and more.
4. The Battle of Britain; Thoughts from the Son of a Battle of Britain Pilot
5. The Battle of Britain: The Pilots
6. The Battle of Britain: The Unsomg Heroes
7. Aviation Safety: Perspectives from a former Inspector of Flight Safety for the RAF
8. Introducing the Fighter Version of the Tornado into RAF Service.
9. As the First Commander in the Gulf during the Build Up to the Frirst Gulf War 1990.
10. Officer and Pilot Training inthe Royal Air Force; What you might not know.
11. Intercepting Russian Aircraft.
12. Survival Training.
Thus far I have enjoyed two cruises as an enrichment speaker, both with Fred Olsen on Balmoral (3 lectures) and in January 2017 on Black Watch from Southampton to Barbados (8 lectures). An ex fighter pilot I have a very wide aviation experience and can talk on many different aviation subjects. I am also the son of a Battle of Britain pilot and I have a number of lectures associated with the Battle of Britain.