is an English
aerospace analyst, author of aviation books and aviation
He is a former Royal Air Force pilot, and flew 3,500 hours on strategic reconnaissance Victors and Canberras, and also the Vulcan bomber. He was a NATO Nuclear Release Officer and led an aviation safety team at the Ministry of Defence, before being appointed Commander of RAF Greenham Common cruise missile base. He has also served as Group Director at the RAF's Advanced Staff College, and co-ordinator of air power studies at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.
He is currently Aerospace Analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and of the Royal United Services Institute, and was voted Defence Aerospace Journalist of the Year in 2004 and 2006.
- Photo Reconnaissance (Ian Allan, 20 June 1975: ISBN 0711005702)
- Force V: The history of Britain's airborne deterrent (Jane's, 1982: ISBN 0710602383)
- Fighter Squadron at War (Ian Allan, 10 November 1980: ISBN 0711010838)
- Bomber Squadron at War (Ian Allan, April 1983, ISBN 0711012792)
- Avro Vulcan (Ian Allan, October 1985: ISBN 0711015481)
- Handley Page Victor (Ian Allan, 20 October 1988: ISBN 0711018030)
- Crash! Military Aircraft Disasters, Accidents and Incidents (Ian Allan, 24 May 1991: ISBN 0711019657)
- Disaster in the Air (Ian Allan, 24 September 1992: ISBN 071102037X)
- Flights to Disaster (Ian Allan, 26 September 1996: ISBN 0711024758)
- Air War over Italy (Ian Allan, 26 January 2000: ISBN 0711026904)
- Destination Disaster (Ian Allan, 17 October 2002: ISBN 0711028621)
- Air War over Russia (Ian Allan 1 September 2003: ISBN 0711028907)