COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
 


 
FLAGS OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
 
Notes
 

The flags of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) are based on British models and in fact the first RAAF Ensign (1922-1948) was identical to that of the RAF. The second version (1948-82) added the Commonwealth Star under the Union Jack Canton and the Southern Cross in the fly while the roundel was reduced in size and moved to the lower fly. Finally in 1982 the current version was introduced, with the RAAF roundel replacing the RAF one. The ensign is flown at all RAAF bases from a gaff-style mast and may also be carried on parade. Unlike the RAF Ensign, however, it does not have the status of an alternate national flag. The Australian national flag (Blue Ensign) is flown from its own pole on RAAF bases and is carried with the ensign on parade.

The Queen's Colour of the RAAF is based on the ensign with the crowned monogram of Queen Elizabeth II, a border of gold wattle sprigs and a scarlet-and-gold fringe. Certain units of the RAAF are also entitled to a Queen's Colour of a different design. Units not qualified to receive a Queen's Colour may be granted a Governor-General's Banner instead.

Appointment and rank flags of the RAAF are similar to those of the RAF. The Chief of Air Force (chief of staff) has a distinctive flag, as do officers of air rank and field rank who command major commands, units and bases. The appointment flags for officers of air rank feature a gold astral crown, similar to the traditional naval crown. Rank flags for officers of air rank are differenced by six-pointed stars. The other rank flags are striped according to rank. These appointment and rank flags are mostly used as vehicle flags and they may also be painted on aircraft.
 



 

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE ENSIGN

 

QUEEN'S COLOUR OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

 

APPOINTMENT FLAGS

 

CHIEF OF AIR FORCE

 

OFFICER OF AIR RANK
Commanding an RAAF Command

 

OFFICER OF AIR RANK
Commanding an RAAF Unit or Base

 

GROUP CAPTAIN, WING COMMANDER OR SQUADRON LEADER
Commanding an RAAF Unit or Base

 

RANK FLAGS

 

MARSHAL OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

 

AIR CHIEF MARSHAL

 

AIR MARSHAL

 

AIR VICE MARSHAL

 

AIR COMMODORE

 

GROUP CAPTAIN

 

WING COMMANDER

 

SQUADRON LEADER

 

JUNIOR OFFICER
 



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