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Kingdom of Italy (1848-1946) - Air Force Rank Flags

Last modified: 2021-01-02 by rob raeside
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Here I will describe the rank flags of Italy's Royal Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) during the Fascist era:
Air Force - pale blue flags with red emblems arranged diagonally unless otherwise stated. All stars were five-pointed.
Air Force Chief of Staff: stars according to rank inside a red inner border and a pale blue outer border.
Air Marshal: four stars
General of an Air Army: three stars
General of an Air Squadron: a crown between two stars
General of an Air Division: two stars
General of an Air Brigade: one star
Wing (Stormo) Commander: red horizontal strip overall
Group Commander: swallow-tailed, red horizontal strip overall
Squadron Commander: triangular, red horizontal strip overall
Miles Li, 21 January 2001

They are excellently illustrated in Flaggenbuch 1939 ([neu92]).
Santiago Dotor, 22 January 2001

Flaggenbuch [neu39] showed these flags with a rather pale blue, whereas Flags of All Nations [hms58] showed both the Air Force rank flags and the Naval rank flags with a much darker blue, approximately RGB 51:102:153 (although I believe the Republic has never used the Kingdom-era Air Force rank flags, but has always used the red stars-on-white Army rank flags for the Air Force as well). I found RGB 51:204:255 to be too pale, so I used RGB 51:153:255 instead.
Miles Li, 12 December 2020


Minister of Aeronautics

image by Miles Li, 27 December 2020

The specifications for the flags are as follows:  
- overall proportion, 220:330 (2:3)
- width of the red border, 11; distance to the border of the flag, 22
- wingspan of the eagle, 165; height of the eagle, 55
- width of the crown, 55; distance between the top of the crown (including the cross) and the top of the eagle, 44.
Ivan Sache, 2 December 2004


Under Secretary of Aeronautics

image by Miles Li, 27 December 2020


Chief of Air Staff

image by Miles Li, 27 December 2020


Air Marshal

image by Miles Li, 16 December 2020


General of an Air Squadron

image by Miles Li, 16 December 2020


General of an Air Division

image by Miles Li, 16 December 2020


General of an Air Brigade

image by Miles Li, 16 December 2020


Commander of a Stormo (Wing)

image by Miles Li, 16 December 2020


Commander of a Gruppo (Group)

image by Miles Li, 16 December 2020


Commander of a Squadriglia (Squadron)

image by Miles Li, 16 December 2020