List of Wings Worn By Indian Air Force Pilots
Badges of Indian Air Force personnel are often known as WINGS. It is attached to their uniforms as a sign of qualification for those who work as crew members on aircraft and it signifies their knowledge in that respective sector.
Aircrew emblems are often worn on the left breast. The wings of the insignia for pilots are attached vertically above the left breast pocket.
On Half wings badges, the letter is placed in the middle of the badge, vertically above the button on the left breast pocket.
The wings of the Pilot’s Badge are supposed to be vertically aligned with the centre of the badge, above the left chest pocket.
For badges with half wings, the letter is placed vertically, with the centre of the letter directly over the button on the left chest pocket.
The bottom line of the badge should be directly above the top of the left breast pocket if no ribbons or decorations are worn. The bottom line of the emblem should be 6 mm above the row or top row of any worn ribbons, decorations, or medals.
Different Wings Worn By Indian Air Force Pilot
1. Standard Wings
With these wings, The Indian Air Force pilots look super amazing. The 4-inch long wings brevet is adorned with the typical IAF monogram. The IAF monogram is positioned over the Ashoka Emblem.
2. Gold Bullion IAF Wings
Only three inches wide, these wings. On white mess dinner jackets, the gold bullion wings are worn alongside small medals.
3. Suede IAF Wings
Pilots put these wings on their flying overalls. For many pilots, these are the preferred wings above standard silk wings.
4. IAF Pilot’s Badge
A whole wing with the monogram “IAF” in the centre, a laurel wreath around it, and the state emblem on top are the components of this badge. They are all stitched in cotton thread and placed on a dark blue superfine woollen cloth that extends 3.2 mm beyond the embroidery’s boundaries.
5. Gold Bullion IAF Wings
- Three inches wide wings.
- On white mess dinner jackets, the gold bullion wings are worn with the small medals.
Suede IAF Wings
- Pilots put these wings on their flying overalls.
- Preferred wings above standard silk wings.
6. IAF Navigator’s Badge
- Consists of a laurel wreath surrounding an outspread wing with the capital letter “N.”
- The State Emblem is placed in the middle of the letter “N.”
- The mounting and embroidery are the same colour as the ones on the pilot’s badge.
7. IAF Signaler (Air)
- The only difference between this and the Navigator’s emblem is the letter stitched on it: “S.”
8. IAF Flight Engineers
The letter embroidered on the emblem is an “E,” rather than the letter “N” like on the Navigator’s badge.
9. IAF Flight Gunners
- The emblem is identical to the Navigator’s Badge, with the exception that the letter embroidered is “G.”
10. IAF Instructors Of Parachute Jumping Badge
- The emblem is similar to the Navigator’s badge in appearance, with the exception that the word “N” has been substituted by a tiny parachute embroidered in white cotton thread.
11. FC (Aircrew) IAF Badge
- The emblem is identical to the Navigator’s badge in the description except that the stitched letter is “FC.”
- The Adm/FC branch officers are eligible to wear the badge.
12. Aircrew IAF Electronic System Operators Badge
- The only difference between the emblem and the Navigator’s badge is the letter embroidered on it: “L.”
- The officers of the AE (L) branch are eligible for the badge.
13. Badge For IAF Controllers
- The emblem illustrates a flying eagle holding a metaphorical radar wave in its claws.
- Mounted on a black superfine woollen cloth that extends past the stitching
- it will be embroidered with silk white thread. Red silk thread will be stitched on the flying eagle’s beak, eye, and legs.
14. IAF SAGW Insignia
- The emblem features a depiction of a flying eagle holding a metaphorical missile in its claws.
- Soaring eagle’s beak, eye, and legs are embroidered with Red silk.