Flag, with thirteen red and white horizontal stripes, blue quarter with fifty stars.
Nicknamed 'Stars and Stripes', the american national flag represent with its thirteen red and white stripes the 13 founding states of the Union, and with the 50 stars, the current 50 states. It is sported on the tail of non camouflaged aircraft, the blue part with the stars being always towards the front of the aircraft (here, the left side). It was sometimes used in operations, to ease the visual identification.
White star over blue background, side bars with white, red, white stripes, blue border.
Roundel used from 1947, date ot creation of the United Sates Air force, independant of the other arms, which also adopted this model. the roundels are painted at the following four positions : on the left wing, under the right wing, and on both sides of the fuselage.
Roundel, three concentric stripes, red blue white.
Roundel used at the end of WW1 on the aircraft detached in Europe within the American Expeditionnary Force. Inspired by the roundels of the british and french aviations, with which the AEF fought, it was used together with a fin flash composed of three blue-white-red vertical stripes, the order of which varying with the locations and the time.
Roundel, white star over blue background, red center.
Roundel used from 1917 to 1942 on the american aircraft.
Roundel with a white star over a blue background.
After Peal Harbor attack on the December 7th, 1941, and the declaration of war between the United States and the Japan, the red center, source of confusion with the red disc of the japanese Hinomaru, the japanese roundel, is deeted.
Roundel with a white star over a blue background, yellow border.
As did the Royal Air Force, the USAAF adopted a thin yellow border around its roundels, this becoming a caractéristic of the allied air forecs. A thicker border was used during some times in the Pacific theater, the roundels being painted in big size at the six classical positions, after some identifications errors.
White star over blue background, white side bars, red border.
Variant used from md-1943. The red border, intended to ease the identification will be quickly abandoned.
White star over blue background, white side bars, blue border.
The american-style side bars appeared in 1943 to ease the visual identification, first on the Pacific theater. This variant was after that used on all the theaters, until after the end of WW2.