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Air & Space Command Centre

Headquarters which provides command and control of all Air & Space missions at Base Astra.

Name: Group Captain Ian “Cab” Townsend

Job: RAF Station Commander and Chief of Air & Space Command
Role: Planning and Executing Air & Space Operations

Top Fact: Cab is short for cabriolet. The term was bestowed on him when just weeks after joining his first operational squadron, he converted a Harrier into an open-topped aircraft after it lost its canopy in a collision with a mid-air refuelling hose trailing from a VC10 flying tanker over the North Sea

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