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Royal Air Force Tartan - Fabric


Finally approved by the Ministry of Defence in 2002 as the official Royal Air Force tartan.

First designed in 1989 by Arthur Mackie of Strathmore Woollen Co. of Forfar, Angus and still woven by them. Its original name was "Air Force" and it was accepted by the Women's Auxillary Air Force Association in 1990 and was worn by its members as part of their uniform. Apparently they wore this with great pride in their annual march past the Cenotaph in London for the Remembrance Parade. After quite a bit of lobbying of the Ministry of Defence (especially by the past Commanding Officer of RAF Leuchars in Fife, Air Commdore Jack Haines) the Air Force Board accepted - in 2002 - the tartan as the official Royal Air Force tartan and authorised a change of name. The RAF Ceremonial Office at Bentley Priory (old RAF Fighter Command HQ) is now (2002) seeking sponsorship to equip the four or five RAF pipe bands with the tartan. Official authorisation contained in defence Council Instructions, Royal Air Force dated 14th June 2002 39.02. Other military tartans by Strathmore include US Navy (Edzell), RAF Leuchars, US Forces Thurso, US Air Force Reserve Pipe Band.

This is a special order fabric. Please address enquiries for the attention of STA Director, Mr Brian Wilton at info@staonlineshop.co.uk 

 

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