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Air Force Academy (U.S.)

Last modified: 2022-06-25 by rick wyatt
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[Air Force Academy flag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 16 May 2012

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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 Rockies Museum" in Denver, Colorado, on December 29, 2005. A bigger image of the flag was found at (link no longer available).
Esteban Rivera, 22 July 2011


United States Air Force Academy - "The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) is a United States service academy immediately north of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It educates cadets for service in the officer corps of the United States Air Force and United States Space Force. It is the youngest of the five service academies, having graduated its first class 63 years ago in 1959, but is the third in seniority. Graduates of the academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Space Force. The academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting approximately a million visitors each year. Source: 

Paul Bassinson, 24 June 2022


[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


[Seal of United States Air Force Academy] image located by Paul Bassinson, 7 February 2017


[Logo] image located by Paul Bassinson, 28 May 2022