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Aerospace Studies Patch History

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U.S. military aviation units have used emblems since World War I to build “esprit de corps,” or group morale. While emblems first appeared primarily on aircraft, they were later made into cloth patches that were affixed to leather flight jackets and other uniform items.

Some of the patches worn on the shoulders of airmen today originated during the early days of military aviation and contain the same designs as the emblems that were used on World War I aircraft. Collectively, these patches are distinctive pieces of history that represent the men, women, organizations and equipment that are the U.S. Air Force and Space Force.

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