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5 Facts About the US Air Force Flag

Like all other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Air Force has an official flag. It features the crest and shield of the U.S. Air Force on a blue background. Within the crest and shield is a banner of 13 white stars. You can find the U.S. Air Force flag displayed at U.S. Air Force bases across the world. Many former and current servicemen and women also display it. Below are five facts about the U.S. Air Force flag.

#1) Introduced in 1951

The U.S. Air Force flag was introduced in the mid-20th century. In 1947, the U.S. Air Force began accepting proposals for an official flag. One of these proposed designs was then approved by President Harry S. Truman. And just a few years later in 1951, President Harry S. Truman officially adopted the proposed design as the U.S. Air Force flag. While other flags have been revised since their respective origins, the U.S. Air Force flag has remain the same ever since it was adopted in 1951.

#2) The Stars Represent the Original Colonies

You may notice that the U.S. Air Force flag has 13 white stars. Like the stripes on the American flag, these 13 white stars represent the original 13 American colonies.

#3) Features 6 Folds of Silver and Blue

A cloud formation is included on the U.S. Air Force flag as part of the U.S. Air Force’s crest and shield. This cloud formation symbolizes the creation of a new firmanent. Alongside the cloud formation is a wreath consisting of a half-dozen folds of silver and blue. It’s a colorful element that distinguishes the U.S. Air Force flag from other flag designs.

#4) Available in 2 Versions

There are two versions of the U.S. Air Force flag: a large version and a small version. The large version uses an aspect ratio of 33:26. Also known as the Ceremonical Department Flag, it supports the use of fringe and streamers. The large version can be fitted with either 2-inch-wide fringe or streamers. The smaller version, on the other hand, uses an aspect ratio of 4:3 and cannot feature fringe or streamers.

#5) Designed By Dorothy Gatchell

The U.S. Air Force flag was designed by Dorothy Gatchell. Gatchell submitted her design to the Department of the Air Force. While Gatchell designed the U.S. Air Force flag, though, the crest and shield used in the flag’s design was designed by Arthur Dubois.

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