Wings from Air Carriers of Africa
Written by Charlie Dolan
It has been quite a while since I put together a column for the Log, so instead of going back through all of my files to see which carriers I have featured, I will go in alphabetical order to cover areas and carriers which I might have feature long ago or not at all.
I don’t know how much detail the readers want about the insignia, but with color reproduction, the descriptions will be much shorter. Let me know if you desire information about materials used and whether you want to know how the items are attached to the uniform. Also let me know if you are interested in manufacturer’s hallmarks.
I hope to have frequent input and would like to tailor it to your wishes.
Anyway, here we go.
First set is from Air Afrique which operated between 1961 – 2002.
Next up is the wing insignia of Air Algerie, formed in 1947 and still operating today.
Air Zimbabwe, which was once Air Rhodesia, has the pilot and engineer wings with the hat badge above.
DETA was the airline formed by Portugese interests in Mozambique. The early metal wings were used during the period 1936 – 1980 when the carrier LAM Mozambique Airline.
The cloth wing is that used by LAM
East African Airways operated between 1946 -1977 The metal wing is the earlier version. The cloth and bullion thread are of a later issue. I believe that the brevet with the star symbol is that worn by navigators.
Ghana Airways operated between the years 1958 – 2015. Ghana’s radio call sign was “Black Star”.
Kuwait Airways began operations in 19 54 and is still flying today.
Misrair began operations in 1932 and is operating today as Egypt Air. The original name is a combination of the word “MISR” (EGYPT) and Air.
Royal Air Maroc. Began operations in 1957 and is still operating today. Like the crews of Air France, the wing insignia is worn on the right breast of the uniform jacket.
Sudanair Sudan Airways began service in 1946 and still flies today. Their hat badge looks much like a police badge.
United Arab Airlines (U.A.A.) was formed by several carriers of the region during the period 1957-1971 when political and economic concerns favored cooperation between the various governments of northern Africa.
I hope you will find this article helpful and please do not hesitate to offer comments on how to improve the column.
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