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Air Force Flag (Taiwan)

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[Air Force Flag]
Air Force flag as described on the Air Force Flags Act 1985-6, as in use since circa 1992
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 28 March 2014


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Overview

This flag has a sky blue (slightly darker than air force blue) field, with the white sun on a blue disc at the centre. Two wings are stretched from the disc, overlap with a wreath made of two branches of rice, and on top of the entire badge features a plum blossom. The exact layout of the badge can be found on p.58 of Flags Through the Ages and Across the World by Whitney Smith. An interesting point about this flag is on the colour of the badge: it was originally yellow, but was changed into silver in 1981, making the details of the badge extremely difficult to be seen!
Miles Li, 06 May 1998

Although the drawings show the Kuomintang Emblem, the text specifies that the Air Force Flag should have the National Emblem. So, flags seen below should be taken as the variants of the formal flags with the National Emblem. Especially, the drawings affixed to Act of Ensign of the ROC Armed Forces (see: http://law.moj.gov.tw/LawClass/LawContent.aspx?PCODE=F0060005 in Chinese) still show the Kuomintang Emblem but the actual flags no longer show it.
Akira Oyo, 27 March 2014

The way I understand what you write, the Air Force Flags Act 1948 specifies two versions of the flag: One in the text, and one in the illustration. If the illustration is formally part of the law, then both versions would be valid de jure. At first the de facto flags matched the illustration, using the Kuomintang Emblem, but since <what date/era?> the de facto flags are made according to the text, using the National Emblem. Right?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 March 2014

Mr Oyo follows a literal interpretation of the written law, while I take the 'as it was drawn/as it was actually flown' approach.
Miles Li, 28 March 2014

The National Emblem on the flags does not have borderline, except on some naval ensigns with white borderline during 1960's.
Akira Oyo, 28 March 2014


Air Force Flag (1937-1948)

[Air Force Ensign] 3:5
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 28 March 2014
Source: Flaggenbuch [neu39]

Air Force flag as illustrated on the Air Force Flags Act 1937, also illustrated on Flaggenbuch 1939.
Miles Li, 28 March 2014


Air Force Flag (1948-1981)

[Air Force Flag]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 28 March 2014

Air Force flag as illustrated on the Air Force Flags Act 1948.
Miles Li, 28 March 2014

Variant:
[Air Force Flag]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 28 March 2014

Air Force flag as described on the Air Force Flags Act 1948.
Miles Li, 28 March 2014


Air Force Flag (1981- circa 1992)

[Air Force Flag]
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 28 March 2014

Air Force flag as illustrated on the Air Force Flags Act 1985-6, de facto in use from 1981 to circa 1992.
Miles Li, 28 March 2014