Sir Anthony Skingsley held a series of influential post in the RAF and in NATO. After an early flying career centred on the Canberra and later the Victor, he commanded RAF Laarbruch in Germany before a series of key appointments in MoD where he was responsible for planning and costing the future RAF programme. Then began a number of increasingly important appointments, first at SHAPE and then as the Commander in Chief in RAF Germany with the dual role of Commander Second Allied Tactical Air Force (2 ATAF). His final appointment was as Deputy Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Central Europe at a time of great international political change following the collapse of the Soviet Union. His warm personality, linguistic skills and sharp intellect made him a very popular and effective commander.
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