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Air Force Flags (Singapore)

Republic of Singapore Air Force

Last modified: 2023-10-18 by zachary harden
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[Air Force Ensign (Singapore)] 2:3 image by Zachary Harden, 24 September 2018

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Changes in the roundel of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) certainly affected their Organisational (or what I now call Service) Flag. The former (and current) RSAF Service Flags are now displayed in the RSAF Museum and the image can be viewed at their website. The roundel was a tricolour 1968-1973, a ying-yang 1973-1990 and the current lion-head since 1990. [Image archived here.]
Herman Felani M.Y.
, 28 April 2003

Air Force Ensign

Organisational Flag

I recently went to Singapore (...) where I obtained a booklet which had on one page all the flags of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). The Air Force Flag has a red canton of crescent and stars but the background is air force blue with the current logo of the lion's head.
Tom Koh
, 16 February 2000

The flag described by Tom Koh is the organisational flag of the Air Force. It is displayed at the Air Force camps.
Herman Felani M.Y.
, 24 August 2001

Roundel 1990-present

[Roundel 1990-present (Singapore)] image by Zachary Harden, 24 September 2018

The lion head roundel appears on the Air Force Ensign. Officially it is red, but as such is rarely seen ( More frequently seen is the black low visibility version as in and another rare version is the white low visibility version seen at
Dov Gutterman, 23 June 2004

A photo of the red and white roundel in use in 2018; I agree with Dov that it is rare to see.
Zachary Harden, 24 September 2018

Low-visibility roundels

Black version

Grey version

White version

images by Zachary Harden, 24 September 2018

State Colour

[Army 'State Colour' (Singapore)]
image by Zachary Harden, 18 October 2023

This flag is the State Colour of the Air Force, which is only displayed at Ceremonial Events such as on National Day Parade held on 9th August, on visits by Heads of Governments or States or at the President's inspection. It is based on the National Flag with the Air Force badge on the lower fly.
Herman Felani M.Y.
, 24 August 2001

1973-1990 Flag

[Air Force Flag 1968-1973 (Singapore)] image by Zachary Harden and Željko Heimer, 24 September 2018

Dan Switzer on 26 March 2018 send a photograph to the Facebook Group that shows the 1973-1990 ensign of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. It shows what appears to be a 1:2 flag with a 1:2 red canton bearing the crescent an stars white centred. Centred in the fly half is the 1973 roundel.

This makes me wonder, though: Was this the only 1:2 flag, or are at least all the light-blue ones 1:2 instead?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 13 April 2018

Roundel 1973-1990

[Roundel 1973-1990 (Singapore)] image by Željko Heimer, 18 January 2003

The Yin-Yang (1973-1990) - "[This is] the roundel used since the early 1970s to 1990. In the late 1980s this roundel was toned down for "lo-visibility" purposes, in line with most air forces at that time, with the red replaced by black and white replaced by clear. This roundel was discarded in 1990 in favour of the current Lion head roundel.
Dov Gutterman, 23 June 2004

Air Force Flag 1968-1973

[Air Force Flag 1968-1973 (Singapore)] 2:3 image by Herman Felani M.Y.

Fachinger 1974 mentions an old Singapore air force ensign using a red-white-red roundel in the fly. I believe there was another type of roundel between this and the current one, but I am not sure if this was used on the air force ensign as well.
M. Schmöger, 11 November 2001

The Tri-Colour (1968-1973) - The tri-colored insignia initially applied to the Singapore Air Defence Command/Republic of Singapore Air Force's aircraft. This insignia, similar to Peru and Turkey, was discarded in 1973.
Dov Gutterman, 23 June 2004

Roundel 1968-1973

[Roundel 1968-1973 (Singapore)] image by Željko Heimer, 18 January 2003