One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A generic RAF rank equivalent to warrant officer, only applied to members of an aircrew.
- ‘The Master Aircrew ranks and trades are still extant though they have gone through some changes of title over the years.’
- ‘With experience and further training, you can progress to flight sergeant then to master aircrew.’
- ‘Rank insignia for non-commissioned ranks is, with the exception of Warrant Officer and Master Aircrew, worn on the upper arm of dress uniform.’
- ‘The rank structure was also highly disliked and was done away with in 1950 (sole exception was Master Aircrew, which is still used).’
- ‘The RAF said: "The Master Aircrew assessed the situation and, seeing that lives were at immediate risk, prepared himself to be winched.’
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