Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
RAF Flying Badges - Current
|Pilots' Flying Badge
|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 badge awarded to 'Mission Aircrew'. The first examples were awarded in May 2003
|Reserve Pilot (Air Experience)||Introduced in April 2020 for non-Service staff pilots in Air Experience Flights (i.e. pilots who lack a RAF flying badge)|
|Reserve Pilot (Glider)||This is to be introduced in April 2021, but is optionally available from April 2020, replacing the previous Air Cadet staff and Instructor glider pilot badges.|
|Preliminary Flying Badge (Pilot)||Introduced in 1949 it is awarded to members of the University Air Squadrons who have achieved the required standard of flying proficiency (roughly equivalent to a civilian PPL)|
|Parachute Jump Instructor||This flying badge was introduced in 1945. Parachute Jump Instructors (PJIs) are classed as honorary aircrew.|
|Space Operator||This was probably introduced in April 2021 to coincide with the formation of UK Space Command.|
|Airborne Specialist||To be introduced in April 2021 to replace the
Fighter Controller, Airborne Technician and Image Analyst badges.
However it can be worn, if privately purchased, from April 2020.
This badge will be awarded to any personnel classed as honorary aircrew.
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 07/05/22
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