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Fighter Squadron Patch Evolution 4

Posted by aaron on June 23, 2009

Here's another case of mandated fighter squadron patch evolution. Currently the 510th Fighter Squadron, who's patch is on the right, flies the F-16 Fighting Falcon at Aviano Air Base, Italy. When the squadron designation moved to Aviano the patch design changed to a circle and single rocker. You can see the original shield design on the left, from the squadron's A-10 and F-4 days. The good thing, in spite of the change, is that the basic concept of the patch has remained the same, a buzzard overlooking nuclear radiation of the entire world. Pretty catchy idea.

510th TFS RAF Bentwaters, UK510th FS Aviano AB, Italy

The new, circular patch looks OK but now there's a lot of empty space on the patch especially on the black side.. The unique shape of the old, shield patch adds quite a bit to making a fighter squadron patch kickass. I have no idea where that original shield shape comes from but I'd imagine it has something to do with a warriors shield which is most appropriate for fighter pilots.

Well, you decide for yourself which you like; old or new, and in this case, as in most, my vote goes to the old.

510th TFS Buzzard HoodyBy the way, we have the old 510th TFS shield design in the FU Store.  All kinds of stuff for man, woman and child. In our Retro Fighter Squadron section we've got the old, shield design on front with our A-10 designs on the back. And, for the purist at Aviano, the shield design with our Viper design on back.  You cannot get more kickass stuff than right there in the FU Store. Some of you young fighter pilots at Aviano have got to have a little bambino on the way. Check out the stuff we've got for your little, future fighter pilot; t-shirts, hoodies, bibs, the works. Be the first at Aviano to show that your kid has the right stuff, from the FU Store.


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