The Air Commodore ( Air Cdre ) is a rank in the Royal Air Force . It is also found in the air forces of other states whose rank system was influenced by the British system. There is this rank in the Indian Air Force , the Royal Australian Air Force , the Royal New Zealand Air Force , in the Pakistan Air Force and in the Koninklijke Luchtmacht .
In the British understanding, which derives the rank from the naval rank Commodore , the Air Commodore, however, is not yet an actual general rank. According to British tradition, the actual general ranks begin with the Air Vice-Marshal . In the Royal Air Force, the Air Marshal and the Air Chief Marshal rank above it .