Tinker’s unit pride shines brighter than ever -The 552nd Air Control Wing recently released two new tail flashes for the Airborne Warning and Control System.
The tail flash on Aircraft 0009 honors the Blue Knights of the 963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron. It consists of a black and white checkerboard and a yellow border. Aircraft 0578’s new tail flash pays homage to the 964th Airborne Air Control Squadron Phoenixes. The flash features red, yellow and white flames.
The 963rd AACS’s design uses a yellow border to signify the sun and excellence required of Air Force personnel. The checkerboard is symbolic of the AWACS computers, with a chess knight, as it is the only chess piece capable of jumping over other pieces and exclusively capable for defense and attack.
Aircraft 0578’s design pays homage to the 964th AACS, but has a common symbology with Aircraft 0009, such as the use of the color yellow. It also uses it to represents the electronic “eyes” of aircraft in defensive and tactical situations.
Aircraft 0578’s use of red represents the primary squadron color. The flames signify rebirth and renewal.
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