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Top rank for RAF woman: Officer made Air Vice-Marshal and will be responsible for buying and maintaining all fighters, drones and other aircraft.

Sue Gray, 50, has been promoted to Air Vice-Marshal, the highest military rank ever held by a woman in Britain

A woman who joined the RAF after finishing university has been promoted to the highest military rank to be held by a female in Britain.

Sue Gray, 50, has been made an Air Vice-Marshal – equivalent in seniority to a Major General in the Army or a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy.

She is only the second female two-star officer in the UK’s Armed Forces.

She has been appointed a director at the Defence Equipment and Support and will be responsible for buying and maintaining all fighter jets, training aircraft and drones.

Air Vice-Marshal Gray follows in the footsteps of Air Vice-Marshal Elaine West, 51, who became director of projects and programme delivery at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in August.

She joined the RAF in 1985…

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