Royal Australian Air Force Badge
RAAF Badge design was accepted by the Chester Herald, John Heaton-Armstrong,
in 1939. The badge features a circle inscribed with the words
Royal Australian Air Force and ensigned with the Imperial
Crown, in front is a Wedge-Tailed Eagle in flight. Beneath the
circle is a separate scroll with the Latin motto: Per Ardua
motto was derived from Sir Henry Rider Haggards famous novel,
The People of the Mist and was selected and approved
as a motto for the Royal Flying Corps on 15 March 1913 and remains
with the RAF today. In 1929 the Royal Australian Air Force decided
to adopt it too.
no specific record of the translation exists, many slight variations
on the signed version were used since 1929, with the RAAF Chief
of Air Force formally accepting the meaning: Through Struggle
to the Stars in January 2002.
Royal Australian Air Force Roundel
current version of the RAAF Roundel was formally adopted on 2
July 1956. The Roundel exists of a white inner circle with a red
kangaroo in motion surrounded by a royal blue circle. The kangaroo
always faces left, except when used on aircraft or vehicles, when
the kangaroo should always face the front.
the Royal Australian Air Force was formed on 31 March 1921 it
adopted the existing red, white and blue Roundel of the Royal
Air Force to identify its aircraft. However during World War II
the inner red circle was removed when an 11 Squadron Catalina
was mistaken for a Japanese aircraft by a US Navy Wildcat in the
the war, a range of options were proposed including the Southern
Cross, a boomerang, a sprig of wattle and the red kangaroo in
motion. Because of the kangaroo, the RAAF Roundel is readily recognised
worldwide as the Australian Air Force and has been displayed with
pride ever since.