Lieutenant General Richard T. Swope, USAF (November 21, 1942 – January 8, 2011) was a United States Air Force officer who served as the Inspector General of the United States Air Force from 1996 until his retirement in 1998.
Awards and decorations
|Distinguished Service Medal|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit (with one bronze oak leaf cluster)|
|Distinguished Flying Cross|
|Meritorious Service Medal (with four bronze oak leaf clusters)|
|Air Medal (fifteen awards total)|
|Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)|
|Combat Readiness Medal|
|Air Force Recognition Ribbon|
|National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star)|
|Vietnam Service Medal (with three bronze service stars)|
|Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon|
|Air Force Longevity Service Award (with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters)|
|Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation|
|Vietnam Campaign Medal|
General Swope was an avid aviation enthusiast as demonstrated by personally constructing and test flying a Vans Aircraft RV-8 amateur built experimental aircraft of which he was the repairmen.
After retirement, General Swope suffered an unexpected death while skiing at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana on January 8, 2011.