For faster navigation, this Iframe is preloading the Wikiwand page for Captain general of the Air Force.

Captain general of the Air Force

This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "Captain general of the Air Force" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (July 2022) (Learn how and when to remove this message)
Captain General of the Air Force
Capitán General del Aire (Spanish)
Rank flag
Shoulder and sleeve insignia
Country Spain
Service branch Spanish Air and Space Force
Rank groupFlag officer
RankCaptain general
NATO rank codeOF-10
Formation7 October 1939
Next lower rankGeneral of the Air
Equivalent ranksCaptain general (Army)
Captain general (Navy)

Captain General of the Air Force (Spanish: Capitán General del Aire or Capitán General del Ejército del Aire) is a five-star air force officer rank and the highest rank of the Spanish Air Force. The five-star NATO rank code is OF-10. The honorary appointments formally ceased in 1999. The rank of Air captain general is equivalent to a Marshal of the Air Force in many nations such as the United Kingdom, a general of the Air Force of the United States, a capitain general of the Spanish Army or the Navy. This rank is reserved to the monarch as Commander-in-chief. An Air captain general's insignia consists of two command sticks under five four-pointed stars below the Royal Crown and a golden string.

The Spanish Air Force as a separated branch of the Spanish Armed Forces was officially established on 7 October 1939, after the Spanish Civil War. Francisco Franco as head of Spanish state and commander-in-chief named himself 1st captain general of the Spanish Air Force. General Ángel Salas Larrazábal, a veteran fighter pilot, has been the only honorary Air captain general (1991-1994).

List of Captain generals

Date of Promotion
7 October 1939 Francisco Franco † 20 November 1975
20 November 1975[1][c] Juan Carlos I
Active until 19 June 2014
26 April 1991 Ángel Salas Larrazábal [es][2] † 19 July 1994 Ad honorem
19 June 2014 Felipe VI Present

See also


  1. ^ Named himself.[citation needed]
  2. ^ a b At Civil War until 1 April 1939.
  3. ^ Monarch since 22 November 1975


{{bottomLinkPreText}} {{bottomLinkText}}
Captain general of the Air Force
Listen to this article

This browser is not supported by Wikiwand :(
Wikiwand requires a browser with modern capabilities in order to provide you with the best reading experience.
Please download and use one of the following browsers:

This article was just edited, click to reload
This article has been deleted on Wikipedia (Why?)

Back to homepage

Please click Add in the dialog above
Please click Allow in the top-left corner,
then click Install Now in the dialog
Please click Open in the download dialog,
then click Install
Please click the "Downloads" icon in the Safari toolbar, open the first download in the list,
then click Install

Install Wikiwand

Install on Chrome Install on Firefox
Don't forget to rate us

Tell your friends about Wikiwand!

Gmail Facebook Twitter Link

Enjoying Wikiwand?

Tell your friends and spread the love:
Share on Gmail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Buffer

Our magic isn't perfect

You can help our automatic cover photo selection by reporting an unsuitable photo.

This photo is visually disturbing This photo is not a good choice

Thank you for helping!

Your input will affect cover photo selection, along with input from other users.


Get ready for Wikiwand 2.0 🎉! the new version arrives on September 1st! Don't want to wait?