Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns was commissioned at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in 1959 after completing flying training on Piston Provost and Meteor aircraft. Following nine years service as an operational fast-jet pilot, he became a qualified flying instructor and in his last year of instructional duties, taught The Prince of Wales to wings standard.
In the early 70's he converted to the Harrier and subsequently commanded both a Harrier Squadron and the Harrier Force in RAF Germany. A succession of national and NATO Senior Appointments followed, culminating in his appointment as Chief of the Air Staff and Air ADC to The Queen in April 1997. On retirement in April 2000, he was appointed by The Queen as Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum.