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Evolution of USAF Aircraft Insignia 1943

 

On Fuselage,
Top Left Wing,
Bottom Right Wing


 

 Four P-47s painted with, from left, proposed U.S. "Star and Bars" national insigne, then-current U.S. "Star-in-Circle", Japanese "Meatball", and German Cross. These aircraft were used in an in-flight test at Eglin Field, Florida on June 18, 1943 to verify the increased visibility of the proposed design. The greater effectiveness of the new insigne is evident when compared to the other three which all tend to blend into a simple circle at a distance.

 On June 29, 1943, the second major WWII design change was adopted. A white rectangle or bar was added on each side of the blue circle and a red border surrounding the entire insigne. While the new design was estimated to be 60 percent more recognizable, the use of the red border, as on this P-40, was short lived.

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