Hand Cast 925 Sterling Silver Commemorative United States Air Force Bag Pipers Crest Cap Badge Measures 2″ in Diameter.
Scottish Style Belted Crest Badge worn by Scottish American United States Air Force Veterans, Bag Pipers and family members to show support for their loved ones who have served.
Belt Reads United States Air Force and within the belt is a depiction of the classic World War II “Hap Arnold” Winged Insignia commemorating the History of the United States Air Force.
Like most military insignia, the US Air Force logo is steeped in symbolism. Some connections are obvious, while others are a bit more subtle, including a surprising link to one of history's greatest wartime leaders.
The bent wings with a star and circle are meant to symbolize the service’s heritage.
Part of the symbol’s inspiration can be attributed to Winston Churchill.
While designing the famous wings upon which the Air Force symbol is based, Army Air Force General Henry “Hap” Arnold and his artist drew inspiration from a photo of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s famous “V for Victory” hand gesture. When Arnold saw a sketch of the wings bent up rather than straight, he reportedly exclaimed “That’s exactly what I wanted!”
Making up the top half of the symbol, the wings signify the enlisted men and women of the Air Force.
The section is divided into six sections to illustrate the Air Force’s distinct capabilities: air and space superiority, global attack, rapid global mobility, precision engagement, information superiority, and agile combat support.
The center sphere represents Earth.
While it’s ironic that the smallest portion of the symbol is meant to represent something as large as planet Earth, the globe in this instance shows the obligation of the service to secure our nation’s freedom with Global Vigilance, Reach and Power.
Arguably, the most meaning-packed section is the center star.
The five points of the star stand for each component of the total force and family: Active Duty, Civilians, Reserve, Guard and Retirees. In addition, the star represents the Air Force’s space force, as well as representing the officer corps that leads the service.
The United States Air Force became an autonomous branch of the American Armed Services in 1947.
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