I know in Naval aviation we had a lot of fun with our deployment patches. Whenever a detachment would deploy, the guys on that deployment get to
design their own patch and stickers. I know of one helicopter squadron that were The Ducks. If they landed on your boat it was common knowledge that
right before take off, a crew member would hop out and stamp your flight deck with a duck foot covered in yellow paint.
We once had an Army helicopter land on our ship and the pilot made the mistake of taking his helmet off and leaving it in our hanger. Of course we
covered it in our det stickers. I also left these stickers in a few South American countries.
Usually when you design the patch you put as much inside joke things as you can along with info such as the mission, the date, the home squadron, etc.
I love to see the patches from the more secretive squadrons and black projects. You can safely bet that they are poking fun with most of the crap they
put on there but is there also some truth hidden in these patches?
Take for example this patch from the
currently housed at the Los Alomos Historical Society.
Anyone at the time looking at that probably wouldn't be able to figure out what they were doing. But now it's much more clear.
Blue: Symbolizes the Universe
White Cloud & Lightning Bolt: Forms a question mark which symbolizes the unknown results and secret nature of the program.
Split Yellow Atom: Represents atomic fission and confidence that the Manhattan Project would be successful
Red & Blue Star: Insignia of the Army Service Forces
This is obviously from the Janet flights that carry employees into Area 51 every day
Here we have a patch allegedly used by the 22nd Military Airlift Squadron.
This unit conducted late night operations picking up classified aircraft from aerospace plants in Southern California and delivering them to
classified locations for testing and evaluation.
The NOYFB is pretty obvious: None Of Your F-ing Business.
The minatour is supposedly a classified Lockhead Martin Skunk Works project that was spun off of
The Latin phrase in this patch from Flight Test Unit 509 means "Taste Like Chicken"
The patch for the classified flight test unit 509, the same unit involved in the infamous Roswell incident, includes a reference to an old
Twilight Zone episode in which aliens ate humans. The patch shows an alien appearing to hold a stealth fighter near its mouth.
This one is obviously in your face spy stuff. "No Country Too Sovereign"
"Better the Devil Whom You Know". Love to hear your theories on this one
A few more and a link to more below.
Nobody Kicks Ass Without Tanker Gas
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