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Portuguese Air Force

Força Aérea Portuguesa

Last modified: 2014-12-19 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: air force | eagle (yellow) | força aérea portuguesa | ex mero motu | coat of arms: eagle (golden) | e não menos por armas que por letras | afa |
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[FAP flag]
image by António Martins, 31 Jul 2002
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During the commemeorations of the 50th jubilee of the Portuguese Air Force was seen a medium blue flag charged in the top hoist with the main charge of the Portuguese Air Force coat of arms and it’s motto scroll. I never seen that flag before — it may be or may be not an offcial flag. During the commemorative period (June 2002) it shown in many “civilian” situations — displayed alternately with the national flag and the commemorative flag all round some plazas (f.i., Praça do Relógio, in Lisbon)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 31 Juyl 2002

Vertical variant

[FAP flag] by António Martins-Tuválkin, 31 July 2002

A vertical variant of this flag is visible in the background of a parade on this photo at the FAP website. (In this photo is also visible a portuguese military color, here added with an additional motto scroll.)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 31 July 2002



Coat of arms

[FAP CoA]
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 31 Jul 2002

The emblem of the air force is a golden eagle (with wings spread) in a blue field.
João Madureira, 4 May 1998

The Portuguese Air Force coat of arms is azure an eagle displayed or armed gules, portuguese aviation crown (golden with two visible Christ Knight’s crosses, alternated with three visible golden wing pairs), and white scroll with black motto «Ex mero motu» («by its own motion»?).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 31 July 2002

The emblem of the air force is a golden eagle (with wings spread) in a blue field.
João Madureira, 4 May 1998


Former Flag (1960-1978)

[FAP old flag]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Mar 2009

Description of flag:
It is a dark blue square flag with a badge in its centre.

[FAP old flag]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Mar 2009

Description of badge:
It is the shield of the national coat of arms, surrounded by a leafy garland, probably of laurel and topped by a golden eagle upon a golden armillary sphere, spreading his wings.
Source: Pedersen 1979; p. 191
Klaus-Michael Schneider and António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 Mar 2009


Former Rank Flags (1960-1978)

So here are my imagess of the rank flags. The flags came in two sizes, 0.50m x 0.60m or 0.25m x 0.30m, except for that of the Commandant of an Air Region/Air Zone, which were 0.50m x 0.50m or 0.25m x 0.25m.
Source: J. Sobral's blog

Miles Li, 25 Aug 2010


Secretary of State of Aeronautics (1961-1978)

[Secretary of State of Aeronautics (1961-1978) (PT)]
image by Miles Li, 25 Aug 2010

Blue field, with a golden flying eagle at the centre, surrounded by five "silver" (de facto white) five-pointed stars. It had been the flag of the Subsecretary of State of Aeronautics from 1960 to 61.
Miles Li, 25 Aug 2010


Air Force Chief of Staff (1960-1978)

[Air Force Chief of Staff (1960-1978) (PT)]
image by Miles Li, 25 Aug 2010

Blue field, with a golden flying eagle at the centre, above four "silver" (de facto white) five-pointed stars forming an arc.
Miles Li, 25 Aug 2010


Air Force Vice Chief of Staff (1960-78)

[Air Force Vice Chief of Staff (1960-78) (PT)]
image by Miles Li, 25 Aug 2010

White saltire on blue field, with a golden flying eagle at the centre, above (in case of a general) three "silver" (de facto white) five-pointed stars forming an arc, or (in case of a brigadier) two stars arranged horizontally.
Miles Li, 25 Aug 2010


Air Force Director of Services (1960-1978)

[Air Force Director of Services (1960-1978) (PT)]
image by Miles Li, 25 Aug 2010

Blue saltire on white field, with a golden flying eagle at the centre, above (in case of a general) three "silver" (de facto white) five-pointed stars forming an arc, or (in case of a brigadier) two stars arranged horizontally.
Miles Li, 25 Aug 2010


Commandant of an Air Region/Air Zone (1960-1978)

[Commandant of an Air Region/Air Zone (1960-1978) (PT)]
image by Miles Li, 25 Aug 2010

A square version of the standard of a specific Air Region or Air Zone, with one to three "silver"" (de facto white) five-pointed stars in the canton according to rank.
Miles Li, 25 Aug 2010


50th jubillee comemorative flag

[FAP 2002 flag]
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 31 July 2002

Recently, in June this year, the Portuguese Air Force completed 50 years and a commemorative logo was extensively used, i.a. in a logo-on-bedsheet flag, often used in “civilian” situations — displayed alternately with the national flag and the Portuguese Air Force flag all round some plazas (f.i., Praça do Relógio, in Lisbon), or hoisted bellow the very big national flag in the Vasco da Gama Tower (in Lisbon).

The commemorative logo is inscribed in a circle, with a medium blue contour showing three thrusting fighter planes and the figure 50, plus counterchanged letterings «Força Aérea Portuguesa», «anos» and «1952-2002»; centered overall, on a white disc, the Christ Knight’s cross, which is also the Portuguese Air Force roundel marking.

António Martins-Tuválkin, 31 July 2002


Air Force Academy

[AFA flag]
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 26 June 2004

Guidon of the portuguese Air Force Academy, a higher education institution where future officers are bread.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 26 Jun 2004

The flag is in blue, gold, and black, with the arms of the Academy (the air force golden eagle with spread wings plus two open books in gold in the chief), surrounded by a white circle bearing the motto «E não menos por armas que por letras» — roughly meaning «And not less by weapons as by books», and the initals "AFA" in white and black in each of the four corners.
João Madureira, 23 Apr 2003


 
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