Air Force Symbol Meaning

The Air Force Symbol is the official symbol of the United States Air Force. It honors the heritage of our past and represents the promise of our future. Furthermore, it retains the core elements of our Air Corps heritage, the "Arnold" wings and star with circle, and modernizes them to reflect our Air and Space Forces of today and tomorrow.

Air force Signature

 

  • The U.S. Air Force signature consists of the Air Force Symbol and the logotype (U.S. Air Force) 

  • The Symbol can be used with or without the logotype

  • The only alternate words permitted "directly" under the Symbol are those approved by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force

Words Approved For Use Under the Symbol

Unless approved by the USAF Chief of Staff, the only words permitted directly under the Symbol are "U.S. Air Force," "Academy," and "ROTC."
To add other appropriate words or phrases not approved, visual separation from the Symbol is required. Placing a line and/or color separation around or under the Symbol (for example rectangles, pentagons, circles or color) provides a reasonable separation.

Displaying the Air force symbol

Although using the logotype "U.S. Air Force" is not mandatory in conjunction with use of the Symbol, the preferred position when the logotype is used is beneath the Symbol. It is also acceptable to place the logotype (or any version thereof) on the right or left side of the Symbol but there must be a 15% stand-off space. Placing the logotype in any version on the top of the Symbol is NOT an approved version. 

Stand Off Space

Only MAJCOM-level or higher emblems approved and registered with the Air Force Historical Research Agency are permitted inside the wings of the Air Force Symbol - limited to one emblem inside the wings. When cradling an approved emblem between the wings, the cradled emblem is half the height of the Symbol. The patch must be centered evenly between the wings with half of the patch extending above the wings' tips. Cradling approved emblems in the Air Force Symbol are for Department of Defense use only. The Symbol may not be co-branded with another commercial trademark or word mark.

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Stretching/distorting the signature, logotype or Symbol, changing the Symbol's texture, or using unapproved colors, shadows or special effects is prohibited.

calculating proportions

Use the following methods to determine the correct proportions for the Symbol, the logotype, and the required stand-off space. 

For the Symbol (only) 
The ratio of the width of the Symbol to the height should be 112% (i.e., width = 112, height = 100). If you know the width, multiply it by 100, then divide by 112 to get the height. If you know the height, multiply it by 112, then divide by 100 to get the width. 

For the Logotype (only) 
The ratio of the width of the logotype to the height should be 1264% (i.e., width = 1264, height = 100). If you know the width, multiply it by 100, then divide by 1264 to get the height. If you know the height, multiply it by 1264, then divide it by 100 to get the width. 

For the Symbol to the Logotype 
The ratio of the width of the logotype to the width of the Symbol, at its widest point, is 148% (i.e., logotype width = 148, symbol width = 100). If you know the width of the Symbol, multiply it by 148, then divide by 100 to get the width of the logotype. If you know the width of the logotype, multiply it by 100, then divide by 148 to get the width of the symbol. 

For the Space Between the Symbol and the Logotype 
The ratio of the space between the Symbol and logotype to the width of the Symbol is 17% (i.e., space = 17, symbol width = 100). If you know the width of the Symbol, multiply it by 17, then divide by 100 to get the space between the Symbol and logotype. 
The ratio of the space between the Symbol and logotype to the width of the logotype is 11% (i.e., space = 11, logotype width = 100). If you know the width of the logotype, multiply it by 11, then divide by 100 to get the space between the Symbol and logotype.

For the Space Between the Symbol or the Signature and Additional Elements
The stand-off (or "negative") space around the Symbol or the Symbol/logotype combo (signature) is a minimum of 15% (i.e., stand-off space = 15, Symbol width = 100). Measure the width of the Symbol at its widest point, multiply it by 15, then divide by 100 to get the minimum required empty space around the Symbol or the signature. NOTE: The stand-off space will take the shape of a square, not the outline of the Symbol.

font and color

Font 
In all applications, no matter what the color, the correct font for "U.S. AIR FORCE" when used with the Symbol is "Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk bold extended." If "Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk bold extended" is not available use "Arial Black bold uppercase."

Colors 
The Symbol is available for use in blue, black, grey, chrome-silver, chrome-blue and white versions. Each of the colors is specified below in standard Pantone CMYK and RGB options. Pantone is a widely used color matching system designed to ensure that color output is the intended color. If the exact Pantone color is unavailable, it is easy to reproduce the exact color combinations in most software applications by adjusting the percentages of different colors. CMYK represents the colors Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. Mixing these four colors can produce nearly all colors. RGB represents Red, Green and Blue and mixing of these colors can also create most other colors. Below are the Pantone numbers and optional CMYK or RGB mixes. 

Symbol Color Pantone Cyan Magenta Yellow Black Red Green Blue
Blue 287 100 69 01 11 0 48 143
Grey Cool Grey 7 0 0 0 50 166 166 168
Chrome Silver 877c 38 27 26 9 143 143 140
Chrome Blue N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
White N/A 0 0 0 0 255 255 255
Black N/A 0 0 0 100 0 0 0

Air Force Symbol Poster Series

The Air Force Public Affairs Agency produced a poster series explaining each element of the Symbol. Like our Airmen, each individual part has a role to play in representing our service but is truly great when all those individual elements come together to work as a whole.

 

Poster Version  File Type 
Air Force Symbol  Vertical Horizontal .jpg 
Air and Space Power  Vertical Horizontal .jpg
Core Values   Vertical Horizontal  .jpg
 One Force, One Family Vertical Horizontal  .jpg
 Global Power  Vertical Horizontal .jpg

AIR FORCE SYMBOL TRADEMARK REGISTRATION

The Air Force Symbol is registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office. It's registration number is 2,767,190. The Air Force Trademark & Licensing Program enforces the U.S. Air Force's trademark rights by working with Air Force legal counsel and the Department of Justice for instances requiring legal action.

2013-2023 Registration
2003-2013 Registration

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