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Air Vice Marshal Graham Brian Lintott, ONZM (born 29 March 1955) is a retired senior commander in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and former Chief of Air Force.[1] He is now the Managing Director of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin’s New Zealand operation.[2]

Graham Lintott
Air Vice Marshall Graham Lintott, New Zealand Defence Attache.jpg
Lintott at the Anzac Day ceremony in Honolulu, April 2014
Born (1955-03-29) 29 March 1955 (age 64)
Canterbury, New Zealand
AllegianceNew Zealand
Service/branchRoyal New Zealand Air Force
Years of service1973–2014
RankAir Vice Marshal
Commands heldChief of Air Force (2006–11)
Commander Joint Forces New Zealand (2004)
Air Component Commander (2002–04)
RNZAF Base Ohakea (1998–00)
Battles/warsMultinational Force and Observers
AwardsOfficer of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Early lifeEdit

Lintott was born in Canterbury, New Zealand, on 29 March 1955, the only son of three children to Brian, a school teacher, and Heather Lintott. When Graham was aged four, the family moved to Ruakiwi, a small regional town northwest of Hamilton, where the Lintott children were educated at the local school by their father. The family later relocated to Huinga, Taranaki, before returning to Hamiltion where Lintott attended Hamilton Boys' High School from 1968. Aged 15, Lintott began flying lessons through the Waikato Aero Club after winning $700 in the Golden Kiwi.[3][4]


Lintott joined the RNZAF in 1973 and graduated from pilot training in 1975. He completed the Basic Sioux Helicopter Course and the Bell UH-1 Iroquois Course, before completing tours with No. 3 Squadron RNZAF and RNZAF Support Unit Singapore.[1]

In the 1980s, Lintott was a member of the RNZAF Red Checkers formation aerobatics team.


  1. ^ a b "Chief of Air Force". New Zealand Defence Force. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Retired RNZAF Air Vice-Marshal Graham Lintott to Head Lockheed Martin New Zealand". Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  3. ^ Twentyman, Maryanne (11 October 2010). "Air force high-flier aims for top job". Waikato Times. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  4. ^ "2012 Hall of Fame Inductees". Hamilton Boys' High School. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
Military offices
Preceded by
Air Vice Marshal John Hamilton
Chief of Air Force
Succeeded by
Air Vice Marshal Peter Stockwell
Preceded by
Major General Martyn Dunne
Commander Joint Forces New Zealand
Succeeded by
Major General Lou Gardiner