Air Force Life

INSIGNIA AND MOTTO OF AIR COMMAND

Air Command Insignia

The insignia for Air Command had an azure (sky blue) background and showed an eagle rising from a crown. The azure was the blue sky, the eagle was the Air Force, and the crown of stars represented Air Command. Air Command adopted Sic itur ad astra as its motto which was a return to that used by the Canadian Air Force when it was first formed in 1920.

INSIGNIA AND MOTTO OF THE MODERN Royal Canadian Air Force

Insignia and Motto of the modern RCAF

In 2013, following the restoration of the historic name “Royal Canadian Air Force”, the Air Force adopted a crest that hearkened back to the original Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) crest: an eagle with outspread wings on an azure background. The modern RCAF retains Sic itur ad astra as its motto.

MARCH PAST

Airrmen march past during a wings parade in 1941.

A march past is a piece of music, with or without lyrics, that is identified with a particular military unit and is usually played during parades and ceremonial occasions. While Army regiments each have their own march pasts, the RCAF and Royal Canadian Navy have just one. The RCAF March Past was composed by Sir Walford Davies in 1918 from the bugle calls of both the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). It was borrowed from the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1943.


 

Through adversities we’ll conquer.
Blaze into the stars, a trail of glory.
We’ll live on land and sea
’Til victory is won.
Men in blue the skies are winging,
In each heart one thought is ringing.
Fight for the right!
God is our might!
We shall be free.

FOCUS ON… THE BIRD

The bird depicted on the crest has been the subject of much debate over the years, with some insisting it is an albatross and others maintaining that the bird is an eagle. Though the origins of this debate are murky, that has never stopped a heated argument! To set the record straight  again): it is an eagle.