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Air Force Ensign (Australia)

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Royal Australian Air Force, 1982-

Royal Australian Air Force flag, 1982-]
by Mark Sensen

Royal Australian Air Force, 1948-1982

Royal Australian Air Force flag, 1948-1982]
by Mark Sensen

Until 1948 the Australian Air Force Ensign was the Royal Air Force ensign (i.e. ensign of the British Air Force). In 1948, a light-blue ensign with a roundel in the lower fly was adopted, with a gold southern cross on the fly. In 1982, the stars were changed to white and a kangaroo was added to the roundel.
Brendan Jones, 19 March 1996

In the flag exhibition at the York International Congress of Vexillology there were also two Australian Air Force Ensigns on display (Collection C. Moss). One was the current version from 1982. The other one was very interesting, insofar as it had a reverse different from the obverse. The obverse showed the old pattern (1948-82) with the "British" roundel, the reverse the new pattern (1982-) with the kangaroo roundel. Does anyone know when or if this version was used?
Marcus Schmöger, 11 November 2001

Royal Australian Air Force, 1935-1948

Royal Australian Air Force flag, 1935-1948]
by Mark Sensen

In both Barraclough and Pedersen the roundels are occupying the whole fly, although in the text Pedersen says about the RAF flag that the roundel is in the lower fly. BTW this flag was adopted in 1918.

From 1921 til 1935 the RAAF used the same as the RAF
Mark Sensen, 28 June 1997

Until 1948, the RAF Ensign was used and the RAAF Ensign adopted that year had white stars
Miles Li, 7 July 1999

Fin Flash

[Fin Flash]
by Dov Gutterman

Used by both Royal Australian Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force as fin flash and based of one of the RAF flashes.
Dov Gutterman, 08 October 1999