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Part 8

Part 8 of Wonders of World Aviation was published on Tuesday 26th April 1938, price 7d.

This part included a colour plate showing ranks, badges and flags of RAF officers. This formed part of the article on Training RAF Pilots.

The Cover

Our cover photograph this week shows the nose of one of the Swissair liners. It is an American Douglas machine. Powerful lights are fixed in the nose of the machine to assist the pilot when he is making landings at night.

This illustration later appeared as the colour plate with Part 23.

a Westland Lysander two-seater Army cooperation monoplane

Contents of Part 8

The Designer of the Avro

(Part 2)

Percival Aircraft Types

Dramas of Air Rescues

Across the Pacific

Training RAF Pilots

Ranks, Badges and Flags of RAF Officers

(colour plate)

Key to the colour plate:

1. Marshal of the RAF; 2. Air Chief Marshal; 3. Air Marshal; 4. Air Vice-Marshal; 5. Air Commodore; 6. Group Captain; 7. Wing Commander;

8. Squadron leader; 9. Flight Lieutenant; 10. Flying Officer; 11. Pilot Officer; 12. Flight Lieutenant Full Dress (other officer ranks similar for full dress); 13. Officers of Air Rank;

14. Group Captain; 15. All other officers (for walking out and ceremonial);

16. Forage or Field Service Cap;

17. Officers of Air rank; 18. Officers below Air Rank; 19. Full Dress Tropical Hat (worn by Air Officers Commanding - serving abroad); 20. Full Dress Hat (all ranks); 21. Chaplain’s Cap badge;

22. Pilot’s Badge; 23. Fleet Air Arm badge (worn on sleeve above ranking stripes); 24. Medical Officer’s Collar Badge; 25. RAF Ensign; 26. Marshal of the RAF; 27. Air Chief Marshal; 29. Air Vice-Marshal; 30. Air Commodore;

31. Group captain; 32. Wing Commander; 33. Squadron Leader.

Note - Although the Fleet Air Arm has been taken over by the Admiralty flying personnel will continue to be drawn from the Royal Air Force for a time, and this badge is still being worn.

Contents of Part 8

Flight of the “Eagle”

(part 1)

Ranks badges and flags of the RAF