|Born||1969 (age 52–53)|
|Service/branch||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1984 - present|
|Commands held||RAF Wittering|
Knighton was educated at Hatton Secondary School. As a University Cadet sponsored by the Royal Air force, he studied engineering at Clare College, Cambridge. He graduated in 1991 with a first class Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree; as per tradition, this was later promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Cantab) degree.
Knighton joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1988. In his early career, he served as an engineer officer and worked on Nimrod and Tornado F3 aircraft. After serving in the Kosovo War, he became Military Assistant to Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability) in 2006, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Strategy and Plans at Air Command in 2007 and Station Commander at RAF Wittering in 2009. Knighton went on to be Director of Air Plans at the Ministry of Defence in May 2011 and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in January 2015.
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E J Stringer
|Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
2015 – present
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