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Brazilian Air Force

Força Aérea Brasileira

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Commander of the Air Force

Comandante da Aeronáutica

Commander of the Brazilian Air Force by Joseph McMillan

Before unification of the armed forces ministries into a single Ministry of Defense in 2000, the Minister of Aeronautics used a flag divided vertically, the hoist green with a golden yellow lozenge throughout and the Brazilian coat of arms on it, the fly blue with the Cruzeiro do Sul (Southern Cross) constellation in white stars.  A booklet published by the Ministry of Aeronautics in 1944 showed the coat of arms without the rays and scroll, but an apparently reliable unofficial Brazilian Air Force website shows it with both.
Sources:  Ministério da Aeronáutica, Dimensões e Modelos de Bandeiras, Insígnias e Sinais em Uso na Aeronáutica do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro:  Imprensa Nacional, 1944
Unofficial Força Aérea Brasileira website.
Note:  Although the images on the website as well as the plates in the booklet appear to show 2:3 proportions, the text of the booklet is clear that they should be (or should have been?) 3:4.
Joe McMillan, 29 April 2001

A recent visit to the unofficial Força Aérea Brasileira website indicates that the Commander of the Brazilian Air Force (the successor position to the former Minister of Aeronautics) is now using the same flag formerly used by the Minister.
Joseph McMillan, 2 June 2001


 Chief of the General Staff of the Air Force

Chefe do Estado Maior da Aeronáutica

Chief of General Staff of Brazilian Air Forceby Joseph McMillan

Sources:  Ministério da Aeronáutica, Dimensões e Modelos de Bandeiras, Insígnias e Sinais em Uso na Aeronáutica do Brasil (Rio de Janeiro:  Imprensa Nacional, 1944;
Unofficial Força Aérea Brasileira website
Joe McMillan, 29 April 2001


Aircraft Markings

Fuselage/Wing Marking

Brazilian Air Force Aircraft Markingby Zeljko Heimer

Five-pointed star in the shape of a simplified star from the national coat of arms. The arms are each divided into green and yellow and the star is surmounted by two concentric disks of white and blue.

Source: Album des Pavillons, 2000.

Zeljko Heimer, 25 March 2001

Fin Flash

Brazilian Air Force Fin Flashby Dov Gutterman

The Força Aérea Brasileira uses a square vertical bicolor (green-yellow) as a fin flash.
Dov Gutterman, 7 October 1999

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