Cranwell Centenary


Dear Cranwellian,

I am penning this letter to you following a most successful CA reunion weekend and with a view to sharing some key moments.

Firstly, the work of Association members in organisation and planning for the weekend was terrific. It is light years ahead of where we were previously.

Secondly, a presentation about the web site by our Association member and I/T guru Mike Smith was both informative and exciting. His touch screen presentation and ideas on the future revealed just what we can do to make the website dynamic and foundational for the CA. Take a look at the CA website now and see what is in hand on heritage and other elements and then think how we can use micro site connection to provide links to matters of the moment with input from many sources, a forum for entries to connect to each other and crucially a place where your memories and experiences in your careers can be collated and retained for College history. 

It is a sad fact that too little attention has been paid by the Service to this and we are in danger of losing priceless information for historians of the future. So, please send copies of your old photos, send your memories or thoughts on your time at the College and its influence on your subsequent life and career to .

Let me also highlight the Commandant’s message, which I fully endorse, to the GE and IOT entries. Your presence this weekend was greatly welcomed and appreciated, you are the future and those attending will I believe attest that this is truly the case and that the opportunity to meet and talk with a cross section of entries and to hear an address from CAS (Des) Air Chief Marshal Wigston was well worth the trip to Cranwell.

Finally, work is well in hand to celebrate our 100th anniversary next year. The Trenchard team have made much progress and the statue of our founder Lord Trenchard will be unveiled at the CA weekend in either June or July 2020, the date to be confirmed as soon as Royal diaries can be accessed.  But, can I make a personal appeal to you all especially those who have as yet not contributed to the statue coffers. We need the final push to get us over the line; we have done remarkably well and I am confident we will achieve the necessary total, but please help the team to now focus on making the 2020 weekend a memorable occasion knowing that the money has been raised for the central event. You can arrange to make a contribution by contacting



With all good wishes,

President: Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon GCB CBE FRAeS RAF

Mike Graydon

19 June 2019