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Air Force Patches and Insignia: The History of the Air Force Uniform

Since the US Air Force became its own separate branch in 1947, Air Force patches and insignia have been an integral part of the uniform. Here at Saunders Insignia, we are always looking for ways to keep the history of our beloved military alive. You can celebrate the history of the US Air Force with your own collection of Air Force patches and insignia. Let’s take a look back at the history of the Air Force uniform.

  • Even though the Air Force became its own branch in 1947, uniforms weren’t distributed for wear until 1950. The first Air Force uniforms were blue with shoulder loops, large lapels, and no belts. There were a limited number of Air Force patches and insignia authorized for use on these first uniforms.
  • The Air Force established a uniform board in 1959, and they emphasized a clean uniform style. This clean uniform policy kept the number of Air Force patches and insignia to a minimum on the uniform.
  • Although badges and other accessories were limited, medals and ribbons were used quite extensively. More than 100 possible medals and ribbons can be earned for the Air Force uniform.
  • The Air Force uniform changed quite dramatically in the early 1990s. General Merrill A. McPeak got rid of fourrageres and lanyards, and put ranks on the sleeves. This particular uniform incarnation was discontinued in 1999. It currently stands as the shortest uniform series in the history of the US armed forces.
  • The current Air Force uniform includes blue pants and a matching coat. The shirt underneath is a slightly lighter color blue. The uniform also includes silver pins on the lapels, a hat in the same color as the pants and coats, and a herringbone necktie. Enlisted men and officers wear different Air Force patches and insignia.

Update your Air Force uniform collection with the Air Force patches and insignia here at Saunders Insignia. We have rank insignia, ROTC insignia, badges, branch and name tapes, and so much more. Keep the storied tradition of the Air Force alive with the pieces in our selection.

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