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Airfield Safety Flags (U.S.)

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[Airfield Vehicle Safety flag] image by Joe McMillan, 27 May 2000

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Description of the flag

Airfield Vehicle Flag - Square, at least 3 x 3 feet, with an orange-and-white checkerboard pattern, to mark vehicles operating on airfields. [This flag is also used to mark temporary hazards to aviation, such as high construction cranes.]
Source: Army Regulation 840-10.
Joe McMillan, 27 May 2000

This is the international airports flag and not only the U.S. one.
Dov Gutterman, 28 May 2000

Airfield safety flags are used for marking construction vehicles and jobsite obstructions / hazards at airports.

Flags are recommended for use with the following site conditions:

  • Construction vehicles in the airfield operating area (crossing, on, or near runways / taxiways)
  • Job site hazards such as barricades, taxiways leading to closed runways, open manholes, on-site construction materials, or other related hazards. Flags should be stiffened for maximum visibility under these conditions with a maximum 20 ft. spacing.
  • Larger equipment (i.e. cranes, drilling rigs, lifts, etc). Flags should be stiffened under these conditions also, displayed every 50 ft. to the highest point (30 ft. recommended on closely grouped hazards).
Jan Mertens, 12 October 2007