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Our First President

Sport and Jo

When the FCA was first formed in 1990, there was little debate about who should be invited to become its first President. Group Captain "Sport" Rogers, who was by then working for the Hughes Aircraft Corporation, was approached and agreed to serve, his appointment being unanimously endorsed by the Association's first Annual General Meeting.

Group Captain "SPORT" ROGERS OBE FBIM RAF (Retd)

1990 - 1998

Sport's RAF career began in 1942 when he began training as a Navigator. Active service then followed as a rad/nav on 169 Sqn carrying out night fighter/intruder ops over NW Europe until the end of the war. He then served on 29 Sqn at West Malling and as an instructor at RAF Leeming.

He crossed over into the Fighter Control world in 1950 and served first at Trimley Heath before promotion to Squadron Leader endowed him with the good sense to marry Flight Officer Josephine "Jo" Clark.

Sport and CDS

Sport and CAS

His first tour in rank took him to Germany and 83 Group's Ops Room at RAF Wahn. There then followed an exchange tour with the Canadians after which he returned to command the radar station at RAF Langtoft before attending the Staff College at Bracknell in 1958.

Promoted to Wing Commander in 1959, he filled staff appointments at HQ RAFG and the Allied Air Forces HQ in Norway until 1962 when he was selected for the Joint Service Staff College Course at Latimer. Further staff jobs followed at HQ Fighter Command and 2ATAF until 1967 when he was awarded the OBE and appointed to head up the LINESMAN Software Programming Team.

Promotion to Group Captain rescued him in 1969 when he was given the pivotal job of DD Ops GE in the MOD which he held until 1971 when he became the Deputy Chief of the Air Defence Component at SHAPE. He returned in 1974 to command RAF Boulmer and to act as Sector Commander of the UK's central air defence sector. During that tour, Boulmer was selected to host a visit by the NATO Military Committee of some 32 Generals or equivalent.


Sport took up his final service appointment in 1976 as DD Ops and Pol with the Air Defence Environment Team which was created specifically to define and procure the UKADGE project. During this time, he was also Chairman of the NATO Air Defence Hardware Committee. After a full and distinguished career, Sport retired from the Service in 1978.

Sport's second career was with the Hughes Aircraft Company, which had by then won the UKADGE contract, leading a consortium that also included Plessey and Marconi. Sport established and ran their famous office at 140 Park Lane for 12 years, moving on after UKADGE to market other Hughes products including satellite communications, air-to-air, air-to-ground and anti-tank weaponry as well as ground and airborne radars. He finally retired in 1990.

Sport relinquished the Presidency of the Association in 1998, handing on a thriving organisation to our second President, Steve Winslade.