[CFS Introduction | Group Captain Jon Fynes RAF | AP3456 | EFTS]


Commandant CFS

Group Captain Fynes was born in 1954, joining the RAF direct from school. After Initial Officer Training at RAF Henlow, he undertook pilot training culminating in the conversion to Lightning fighters in 1977.

After a tour on No 5(F) Sqn based at RAF Binbrook, Group Captain Fynes undertook a 4-year tour as a QFI on the Hawk at RAF Valley on Anglesey. A welcome return to the Lightning at RAF Binbrook saw him serve as Squadron QFI on 5 Sqn and as deputy OC the Lightning Training Flight. His time on the Lightning finishing in 1987 as the last Lightning display pilot. Promotion to Squadron Leader saw him return to RAF Valley to command the Hawk Squadron of the Central Flying School (CFS) for 4 years.

The inevitable ground tour followed with Group Captain Fynes serving 2 years as a personnel officer at RAF Innsworth prior to being promoted to Wing Commander and attending the RAF Advanced Staff College in 1994. A year on the Crew Resource Management team followed before a posting for 3 years as OC CFS Examining Wing at RAFC Cranwell, responsible for the flying instructional standards of the 3 Services. Posted to RAF Halton in 1999, he led 30 trainers, engineers and aircrew as a training consultancy team for most future air platforms and weapons. In addition, he carried out the initial study into the proposed Military Flying Training System until his posting, on promotion, to Group Captain Corporate Communication at RAF Strike Command in March 2001. In that post he was responsible for RAF Media Ops, External Communication, STC Internal Communication and No 7644(Aux) Sqn.


Date Last Updated : Monday, December 8, 2003 10:00 AM

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