Peter Dye is a graduate of Imperial College and Birmingham University. He served in the Royal Air Force for over 35 years and was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his work in support of the Jaguar Force during the First Gulf War, retiring as an Air Vice-Marshal. He was appointed Director General of the Royal Air Force Museum in 2008, before retiring six years later to concentrate on lecturing, research and writing on airpower topics. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.