Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation

Home Page

Main Menu

Quick Menu

Members' Area

What New?

About this site


Help Needed?



Sign Guest Book

View Guest Book

Link to Amazon

Online Store

Contact Me

RAF Flying Badges - Current

Pilots' Flying Badge

(Queens Crown)

RPAS Flying Badge Introduced in 2013 for pilots of remotely piloted aircraft.
Weapons Systems Officer/Operator As inertial and satellite based navigation and automated sensor systems became the norm, the traditional duties of the Navigator and AEO started to change.  This aircrew category was introduced in April 2003 to reflect these changing roles.

It will eventually be the only brevet awarded to back-seat crew.  The first examples were awarded in May 2003

Parachute Jump Instructor This flying badge was introduced in 1945 to replace the previous badge.  Parachute Jump Instructors (PJIs) are classed as honorary aircrew.
Fighter Controller Introduced in 1983 and worn by Fighter Controllers serving aboard Airborne Early Warning aircraft.  Fighter Controllers can undertake both air and ground tours
Airborne Technician With the introduction of the Boeing Sentry AEW Mk 1 in 1991, there became a need for a qualified electronics technician to be carried to maintain the mass of electronics systems.  Airborne Technicians are actually ground tradesmen who can return to normal ground servicing after an airborne tour.
Image Analysist With the introduction of the Sentinel R Mk 1 into No 5 Sqn there became a need for Imagery Analysis's and this flying badge was introduced

The badges shown on this page are provided courtesy of RAF Flying Branch & NCA Trade Advisors at the Ministry of Defence

This page was last updated on 02/02/19

Back to Ranks and Badges IndexRanks and Badges Index       [Top of Page]              Flying Badges - Obsolete Flying Badges - Obsolete