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Air Force Academy (U.S.)

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[Air Force Academy flag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 12 September 2006

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Description of the flag

The chief of the arms should be very, very dark blue, much darker than the ultramarine blue of the field. The eagle is a bald eagle proper, with the body and legs brown. The "flight symbols" in the lower part of the shield are in dark and light gray. The shield should be bordered in gold. And the correct dimensions are 52 x 66 inches or 36 x 48 inches depending on the conditions in which it is displayed -- this is an organizational color, not correctly a hoistable flag.

There's a large official picture of the arms from this flag at
Joseph McMillan, 12 September 2006

The USAFA flag follows the pattern of all USAF wings, numbered air forces, named establishments, centers and major commands. The only element that changes is the design of the shield in the center.
Dave Fowler, 22 July 2011

This is a photo of the flag of the U.S. Air Force Academy taken at the "Wings over the Rookies Museum" in Denver, Colorado, on December 29, 2005.
Esteban Rivera, 22 July 2011


[Air Force Academy Cadet Guidon] image by Joe McMillan, 27 September 1999

Cadet squadrons, U.S. Air Force Academy - Divided horizontally, silver-gray over blue, with the initials "AFCW" for Air Force Cadet Wing in blue letters on the upper portion and the squadron number (1 through 40) in silver-gray letters on the lower portion. In use by the late 1950s but officially authorized only after 1973.
Source: U.S. Air Force Academy yearbook, "Polaris."

The U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry file gives the measurements as 19 by 27 3/4 inches with a 7 3/4 inch fork.

Joe McMillan, 27 September 1999