The original Honorary Colonel lapel pin was developed in 2006 at the request of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) honoraries to wear in perpetuity with civilian attire. It depicts the air force roundel with four gold bars on each side to signify the rank of colonel. The bars are fluted at the end to form a stylized wing.
Newly designed wings were created in May 2012. A small modification was made to the center maple leaf to provide the RCAF roundel look. The size of the wing is also bigger than the original lapel wing and is now equivalent in size to the miniature metal format specialist skill badge. This change will greatly enhance the esprit de corps within the Honorary Colonel community, providing them with a unique identification that will be worn proudly on the RCAF uniform.
The RCAF is authorizing the Honorary Colonel wings to be worn one half inch above and centered on the name tag with order of dress 1, 1a and 3.