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Chief of Staff of the French Air Force
Chef d'État-Major de L'Armée de l'Air
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Logo of the Armée de l'Air since 24 March 2010
French Air Force
Incumbent
Général d'armée aérienne Philippe Lavigne

since 31 August 2018
French Air Force
Reports to CEMA
Formation 1934
Deputy Major Général de l'Armée de l'Air
Website L'Armée de L'Air

The Chief of the Staff of the French Air Force (French language: Chef d'état-major de l'Armée de l'Air, CEMAA) is in France the officer commanding this army. The French Air Force (French language: Armée de l'air française) became independent in 1934, making way after the "Aéronautique militaire" which was dependent of the French Army. The Air Chief CEMAA is a direct subordinate of the Chief of the general staff headquarters of the Armies CEMA.

Holders[edit | edit source]

General Staff Headquarters of the Aerial Forces[edit | edit source]

French language: Chefs d'état-major général des forces aériennes

Chiefs of the General Staff Headquarters Took office Left office Time in office
1Michaud, HenryGénéral de division Henry Michaud5 October 19303 January 193190 days
2Barès, ÉdouardGénéral de division Édouard Barès
(1872–1954)
4 January 193126 August 1931234 days
3Hergault, EmileGénéral de division Emile Hergault27 August 193115 January 19331 year, 141 days
(2)Barès, ÉdouardGénéral de division Édouard Barès
(1872–1954)
16 January 19331 April 193376 days

General Staff Headquarters of the French Air Force[edit | edit source]

French language: Chefs d'état-major général de l'armée de l'air

Chiefs of the General Staff Headquarters Took office Left office Time in office
1
Victor Denain
Denain, VictorGénéral de division Victor Denain
(1880–1952)
1 April 19338 February 1934313 days
2Barès, ÉdouardGénéral de division aérienne Édouard Barès
(1872–1954)
15 February 19342 September 1934199 days
3Picard, LouisGénéral Louis Picard
[1]
3 September 193425 December 19351 year, 113 days
4Pujo, BertrandGeneral de division aérienne fr (Bertrand Pujo)
(1878–1964)
26 December 193514 October 1936293 days
5Féquant, PhilippeGénéral fr (Philippe Féquant)
(1883–1938)
15 October 193621 February 19381 year, 129 days
6
Joseph Vuillemin
Vuillemin, JosephGeneral d'armée aérienne Joseph Vuillemin
(1883–1963)
[2]
22 February 19384 July 19402 years, 133 days
7Odic, RobertGeneral de corps aérien Robert Odic
[3]
10 September 194025 September 194015 days

Chief of the general staff headquarters of the Vichy French Air Force[edit | edit source]

French language: Chef d'état-major général de l'Armée de l'Air

Chiefs of the General Staff Headquarters Took office Left office Time in office
1Romatet, JeanGénéral de division aérienne Jean Romatet23 September 194021 December 19422 years, 89 days

Commander of Aerial Forces of Free France (FAFL, general headquarters based in London)[edit | edit source]

French language: Commandant des Forces Aériennes de la France Libre (FAFL, quartier général basé à Londres)

Commander of Aerial Forces Took office Left office Time in office
1
Emile Muselier
Muselier, EmileVice-amiral Emile Muselier
(1882–1965)
July 1940June 194111 months
2Valin, MartialGénéral de brigade aérienne Martial Henri Valin
(1898–1980)
10 July 1941June 19442 years, 10 months

Chiefs of the general staff headquarters of the Aerial Forces of Free France (FAFL - London)[edit | edit source]

French language: Chefs d'état-major des FAFL (London)

Chiefs of the General Staff Headquarters Took office Left office Time in office
1Chevrier, EugèneCaptain Eugène-Marcel Chevrier1 July 194025 December 1940177 days
2
fr (Charles Félix Pijeaud)
Pijeaud, CharlesLieutenant colonel fr (Charles Félix Pijeaud)
(1904–1942)
13 January 194130 March 194176 days
3Valin, MartialGénéral de brigade aérienne Martial Henri Valin
(1898–1980)
31 March 19419 July 1941100 days
(2)
fr (Charles Félix Pijeaud)
Pijeaud, CharlesLieutenant colonel fr (Charles Félix Pijeaud)
(1904–1942)
10 July 194130 November 1941143 days
3Luguet, CharlesColonel Charles Luguet1 December 194113 April 1942133 days
4Coustey, PierreColonel Pierre CousteyApril 1942March 194311 months
5Andrieu, GeorgesColonel Georges Andrieu13 April 1943November 19441 year, 6 months

Chief of the general staff headquarters of the Aerial Forces[edit | edit source]

French language: Chef d'état-major des Forces Aériennes

Chiefs of the General Staff Headquarters Took office Left office Time in office
1Jannekeyn, JeanGénéral de division aérienne Jean-François Jannekeyn
(1892–1971)
19 March 194227 February 1943345 days

Chiefs of general staff headquarters of the French Air Force[edit | edit source]

French language: Chefs d'état-major général de l'armée de l'air

Chiefs of the General Staff Headquarters Took office Left office Time in office
1Jannekeyn, JeanGénéral de division aérienne René Bouscat
(1891–1970)
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1 July 194330 October 19441 year, 121 days
2Valin, MartialGénéral d'armée aérienne Martial Henri Valin
(1898–1980)
31 October 194427 February 19461 year, 119 days
(1)Jannekeyn, JeanGénéral d'armée aérienne René Bouscat
(1891–1970)
28 February 19466 September 1946190 days
3Gérardot, PaulGénéral de division aérienne Paul Gérardot7 September 194614 February 1947160 days
4Piollet, JeanGénéral de division aérienne Jean-Ludy Piollet15 February 194731 January 1948350 days
5Lecheres, CharlesGénéral de corps aérien Charles Lecheres
[4]
1 February 194819 August 19535 years, 199 days

Chiefs of the general staff headquarters of the French Air Force[edit | edit source]

French language: Chefs d'état-major de l'armée de l'air

  • général d'armée aérienne Pierre Fay : 20 August 1953 – 21 March 1955
  • général de corps aérien Paul Bailly : 22 March 1955 – 16 March 1958[5]
  • général d'armée aérienne Max Gelée : 17 March 1958 – 30 September 1958
  • général d'armée aérienne Edmond Jouhaud : 1 October 1958 – 14 March 1960[6]
  • général d'armée aérienne Paul Stehlin : 15 March 1960 – 30 September 1963[7]
  • général d'armée aérienne André Martin : 1 October 1963 – 26 February 1967
  • général d'armée aérienne Philippe Maurin : 27 February 1967 – 12 December 1969
  • général d'armée aérienne Gabriel Gauthier : 13 December 1969 – 11 December 1972
  • général d'armée aérienne Claude Grigaut : 12 December 1972 – 23 June 1976
  • général d'armée aérienne Maurice Saint-Cricq : 24 June 1976 – 15 July 1979
  • général d'armée aérienne Guy Fleury : 16 July 1979 – 16 October 1982
  • général d'armée aérienne Bernard Capillon : 11 June 1982 – 16 October 1986
  • général d'armée aérienne Achille Lerche : 16 October 1986 – 24 April 1989
  • général d'armée aérienne Jean Fleury : 24 April 1989 – 1 December 1991
  • général d'armée aérienne Vincent Lanata : 2 December 1991 – 1 July 1994[8]
  • général d'armée aérienne Jean-Philippe Douin : 1 July 1994 – 1 September 1995
  • général d'armée aérienne Jean Rannou : 1 September 1995 – 1 July 2000
  • général d'armée aérienne Jean-Pierre Job : 1 July 2000 – 1 September 2002[9]
  • général d'armée aérienne Richard Wolsztynski : 1 September 2002 – 15 July 2006[10]
  • général d'armée aérienne Stéphane Abrial : 16 July 2006 – 24 August 2009[11]
  • général d'armée aérienne Jean-Paul Paloméros : 25 August 2009 – 16 September 2012[12]
  • général d'armée aérienne Denis Mercier : 17 September 2012 – 21 September 2015
  • général d'armée aérienne André Lanata : 21 September 2015 – 31 August 2018
  • général d'armée aérienne fr (Philippe Lavigne) : since 31 August 2018

See also[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Chief of Staff of French Aerial Forces on July 1943, he merged the Free French Air Forces with the Vichy French Air Force.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "GENERAL PICARD; Chief of 'the French Air Force General Staff Until 1940". 14 August 1943. https://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0C10F63C5C167B93C6A81783D85F478485F9. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  2. "French Air Staff Chief Will Make Visit to Reich". 22 July 1938. https://www.nytimes.com/1938/07/22/archives/french-air-staff-chief-will-make-visit-to-reich.html. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  3. "General Odic Joins Free French". 24 November 1941. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=PQpiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_JQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5451,4285232&dq=chief-of-staff-of-the-french-air-force&hl=en. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  4. "Foes of Laos In Regrouping". 3 May 1953. https://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/baltsun/access/1872526772.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&type=historic&date=May+03%2C+1953&author=&pub=The+Sun+(1837-1985)&desc=FOES+OF+LAOS+IN+REGROUPING&pqatl=google. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  5. "French Air Force Staff Chief Resigns". 14 March 1958. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=S_ZPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=X1UDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1208,1743027&dq=chief-of-staff-of-the-french-air-force&hl=en. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  6. "O.A.S. Leader Denies Part in Hold-up". 13 April 1962. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=d8VVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yMUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4302,1796498&dq=chief-of-staff-of-the-french-air-force&hl=en. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  7. "GEN. PAUL STEHLIN OF FRANCE, 67, DIES; Figured in the Controversy on New Fighter Plane". 23 June 1975. https://www.nytimes.com/1975/06/23/archives/gen-paul-stehlin-of-france-67-dies-figured-in-the-controversy-on.html. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  8. "U.N. inspectors begin first inspection of Iraq since start of 'no-fly' zone". 1 September 1992. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8Mg_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=v1cMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6886,43546&dq=chief-of-staff-of-the-french-air-force&hl=en. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  9. "Chinese defence minister discusses cooperation with French air force chief". 13 March 2002. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=NewsLibrary&p_multi=BBAB&d_place=BBAB&p_theme=newslibrary2&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0F96CB41F26C0C0C&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  10. "French Air Force delegation visits Vietnam". 16 March 2006. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=NewsLibrary&p_multi=BBAB&d_place=BBAB&p_theme=newslibrary2&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=110655EAB117FA58&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  11. Bill Sizemore (9 September 2009). "French general to assume top NATO post in U.S.". http://hamptonroads.com/2009/09/historic-move-french-general-assume-top-nato-post-us-week. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  12. Tim Hepher (14 November 2009). "Britain, France pressure Airbus on A400M". http://uk.reuters.com/article/2009/11/14/uk-airbus-a400m-idUKTRE5AD13T20091114. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 

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