CAS' Global Air and Space Chiefs' Conference

The Chief of the Air Staff's Global Air and Space Chiefs' Conference 2024 will take place in London in July 2024.  Further details will be published on the Air and Space Power Association website in due course.

Academic Prizes

The Gordon Shephard Memorial Prize Essay Competition was founded in 1919 by a Declaration of Trust between the Air Council and Sir Horatio Hale Shephard in memory of his son, Brigadier-General G F Shephard, DSO, MC, RAF, who was killed in action whilst flying on 19th January 1918.  The prize was intended to benefit members of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and, originally, the essays were to be on Reconnaissance and Aerial Navigation, with a suggested subject given each year by the Trustees. A suggested subject is no longer provided and instead entries are now open to all serving members of the RAF writing on an air and space power-related subject of their choice.  Further details and calls for entries are issued annually in an Internal Briefing Note, published on defnet.  Queries can be directed to the RAF Centre for Air and Space Power Studies.

Below is an index of prize winners and a selection of winning essays (further papers will be added in due course).  The views expressed are those of the individual authors concerned and are not necessarily endorsed or supported by the Royal Air Force or the Ministry of Defence.

Gordon Shephard Memorial Prize Index

1919 First Prize Winning Essay

1931 First Prize Winning Essay

1976 First Prize Winning Essay

1977 First Prize Winning Essay

2020 First Prize Winning Essay

The Two Air Forces Award is awarded annually to the RAF serviceperson who writes the most significant article of the year on an aspect of RAF History.  The winner is selected by the RAF Historical Society Committee.  For more information on previous prize winners and how to submit an entry, please contact us.

CAS’ Fellowships

The CAS' Fellowships are RAF-sponsored full and part-time post-graduate fellowships, aimed at generating focussed research papers on an air power-related topic and developing the intellectual capital of the RAF.

There is a fellowship to suit all members of the RAF, regardless of rank or specialisation.

For more information see 2022DIN07-086 on the Defence Intranet or contact us. 

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