U.S. Air Force Recruitment Advertisement from the July 16, 1949
Saturday Evening Post
U.S. Air Force Recruitment Advertisement from the November 6,
1948 Saturday Evening Post
Although the original purpose of this note was just to announce a couple postWWI
era U.S. Air Force recruitment posters I found in The Saturday Evening Post
magazines back in the late 1940s, some info I found regarding the newest USAF logo
might also interest you. There is a plethora of old Air Force posters available
for viewing on the Internet, but I haven't seen these two, which are particularly
directed toward flight officers and the newfangled jet aircraft of the future. Operational
jetpowered
fighter craft did not appear until the final year of World War II, although
Germany did have their
Messerschmitt Me 262.
Except maybe for the C130, you probably won't see any propellerdriven aircraft
in today's USAF promotional material.
If you have any cause to display the USAF's new (relatively) wings symbol, be
sure to consult this entire section of regulations governing the proper  and only
official  method of constructing the logo.
The official U.S. Air Force "signature" consists of the Symbol and the Logotype.
Similar directions are available for how to display the design, fonts and colors,
symbol meaning and history, and every other aspect of using it. This is part of
the reason why the Federal workforce (not even including the military itself) is
the largest in the nation. We pay them to tell us what to do in every phase of life.
BTW, the
average total compensation of a government worker is higher than the equivalent
private sector worker, and their fringe benefits, including retirement and job security,
are amazing. How many government workers lost their jobs in the past year due to
the Wuhan Flu?
Here is an excerpt from the "Calculating Proportions" section of the "Displaying
the Air Force Symbol" page:
Calculating Proportions
Use the
following methods to determine the correct proportions for the Symbol, the logotype,
and the required standoff space.
For the Symbol (only)
The ratio of the width of the Symbol to the height should be 112% (i.e., width
= 112, height = 100). If you know the width, multiply it by 100, then divide by
112 to get the height. If you know the height, multiply it by 112, then divide by
100 to get the width.
For the logotype (only)
The ratio of the width of the logotype to the height should be 1264% (i.e., width
= 1264, height = 100). If you know the width, multiply it by 100, then divide by
1264 to get the height. If you know the height, multiply it by 1264, then divide
it by 100 to get the width.
For the Symbol to the logotype
The ratio of the width of the logotype to the width of the Symbol, at its widest
point, is 148% (i.e., logotype width = 148, symbol width = 100). If you know the
width of the Symbol, multiply it by 148, then divide by 100 to get the width of
the logotype. If you know the width of the logotype, multiply it by 100, then divide
by 148 to get the width of the symbol.
For the space between the Symbol and the logotype
The ratio of the space between the Symbol and logotype to the width of the Symbol
is 17% (i.e., space = 17, symbol width = 100). If you know the width of the Symbol,
multiply it by 17, then divide by 100 to get the space between the Symbol and logotype.
The ratio of the space between the Symbol and logotype to the width of the logotype
is 11% (i.e., space = 11, logotype width = 100). If you know the width of the logotype,
multiply it by 11, then divide by 100 to get the space between the Symbol and logotype.
For the
space between the Symbol or the signature and additional elements
The standoff (or "negative") space around the Symbol or the Symbol/logotype combo
(signature) is a minimum of 15% (i.e., standoff space = 15, Symbol width
= 100). Measure the width of the Symbol at its widest point, multiply it by 15,
then divide by 100 to get the minimum required empty space around the
Symbol or the signature.
Posted December 15, 2020 (updated from original post on 9/17/2013)
