Feisal Ibn Al-Hussein, born in October 1963, as the second son to His Majesty King Hussein Ibn Talal and HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein (Formerly Miss Tony Gardiner).
Feisal began his education in 1965 at the Islamic College in Amman, Jordan. In 1970, Feisal joined his older brother, HRH Prince Abdullah at St. Edmund’s School in Surrey, England. In 1971, Feisal and his brother began their studies in the United States. He attended two years at Bement School in Deerfield Massachusetts before joining his brother at Eaglebrook School (also in Deerfield, Massachusetts). Graduating from Eaglebrook in 1978, Feisal completed his high school education at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. graduating in 1981. Following high school, he attended Brown University in Providence Rhode Island, where he obtained his bachelors (BSc) degree in electronic engineering (specializing in communications), graduating in 1985.
Feisal began his flying training while at university in 1982, obtaining his private pilot’s License that summer. In 1983, he began his helicopter training with the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) and obtained his military flying wings the following summer. After graduating from university, Feisal immediately began his professional military training with the Royal Air Force (RAF) attending Initial Officer Training (earning his Commission in November 1985) and Basic Flying Training at the RAF College Cranwell, in Lincolnshire, England. He went on to complete his Advance Flying Training at RAF Valley in Agnlesey, Wales where he received his fast jet wings from His Majesty King Hussein in June 1987. Later that year, he went on to finish his last RAF flying course at the Tactical Weapons Unit at Chivenor in Devon.
In the spring of 1988, Feisal joined No. 17 Squadron Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) and began his conversion onto the Northrop F – 5E/P. He later qualified as an instructor and began instructing in OCU, in the summer of 1989. Suffering a slipped disc in December 1989, Feisal was forced to temporarily discontinue flying. In the fall of 1990, Feisal was assigned to the Directorate of Air Operations as a staff officer. In spring of 1992, Feisal completed a ground instructor’s course at King Hussein Air College, in Mafraq.
In November – December 1992, he attended the Basic Staff Course (BSC) at RAI Staff College, Bracknell, in England. He continued to work in the RJAF Directorate of Air Operations in 1993, while resuming some operational flying on the Northrop F-5F while attached to the No. 6 Squadron.
After successfully completing his Advanced Staff Course (ASC) in 1994, again at the RAF Staff College Bracknell, Feisal was assigned to Prince Hassan Air Base in early 1995, where he assumed command of No. 6 Squadron. Following a year’s to as a squadron commander, Feisal was reassigned to the Air Lift Wing in August 1996 where he assumed the post of Operations Officer. In November 1998, Feisal was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and in January 1999, became the Commander of a new, joint headquarters, Combat Support Command. In August 1999 Feisal was appointed as the Assistant for Operations and Air Defense in the Royal Jordanian Air Force, and in October 2001 was promoted to his present rank of Major General. Starting March 20002, Major General Feisal assumed responsibility of the Chief of Air Staff of Royal Jordanian Air Force.
Following his return from Staff College, Feisal was asked by the Chairman of Royal Jordanian, to consult on the establishment of a regional airline in Jordan. As a result of his work, the Board of Royal Jordanian appointed Feisal in December 1995 as a supervisor and advisor to Royal Wings, its new subsidiary where he continues to play an active role in the development of the regional airline.
Feisal’s keen interest in flying has seen his involvement in all aspects of aviation in Jordan. He also regularly attends and has addressed international conferences on military and commercial aviation. He has been vocal in his views on regional deregulation of a commercial air travel.
Feisal enrolled in the International Executive Management Program (a modular version of the International Sloane program) at the London Business School in 1996 and completed his Masters of Management in July 1998. He has recently been appointed as the Chairman of the National Resources Development Company, as well as a board member of the National Resources Investment Institute – both of which work to develop and market resources of the Jordanian Armed Forces.
Feisal continues pursuing his interest in technology, especially in information technology, simulation and communications. He has also worked with the development of policy in Jordan’s economic restructuring, being a strong proponent for liberalization.
Feisal is the present chairman of the Motor Sport Executive Council, president of the Jordanian Gliding Club, as well as being involved in other sports, academic committees and clubs. In March 1999, he was appointed as the head of the Higher Organizing Committee for the Nineth Pan Arab Games held in Jordan in August 1999, which involved participation of 4500 athletes from 21 nations in 28 games for males and 19 games for females. In 2001, Feisal chaired the Higher Organizing Committee of the first Arab Games for Schools in Handball and Track and Field hosted in Amman in September of the same year. He also headed the Higher Organizational Committee for the Special Forces Exhibition (SOFEX 2000) held in Amman in April 2000.