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date: 25 August 2019

Ashford, Ronaldfree

CBE 1992; CEng, FIMechE, FRAeS

Born 24 Aug. 1932; s of Russell Sutcliffe Ashford and Dorothy Ashford (née Shorland); m 1955, Françoise Louisa Gabrielle Génestal du Chaumeil; two s; died 6 Oct. 2008

aviation and safety consultant


St Edward’s Sch., Oxford; De Havilland Aeronautical Tech. Sch.


Flight Develt Engr, De Havilland Aircraft Co., 1953–56; Pilot Officer, RAF, 1956–58; Flight Develt Engr and Sen. Aerodynamicist, De Havilland/Hawker Siddeley Aviation, 1958–68; Design Surveyor, Air Registration Bd, 1968–72; Civil Aviation Authority: Surveyor and Head, Flight Dept, 1972–83; Dir-Gen., Airworthiness, 1983–88; Group Dir, Safety Regulation, and Board Mem., 1988–92; Sec. Gen., Eur. Jt Aviation Authorities, 1992–94. Wakefield Gold Medal, 1989, Hodgson Prize, 1991, RAeS; Dist. Service Award, Flight Safety Foundn, 1992; Award for Dist. Service, US Fed. Aviation Admin, 1992; Cumberbatch Trophy, GAPAN, 1992; James Clayton Prize, IMechE, 1995


papers in Jl RAeS


Walking, gardening


Royal Air Force


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