An RAF air marshal's command flag
Shoulder and sleeve insignia from the
|Abbreviation||Air Mshl / AM|
|Formation||1 August 1919 (|
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the air force
Air Marshal (Air Mshl or AM) is a
Air marshal is a three-star rank and has a
Officers in the rank of air marshal typically hold very senior appointments such as
Prior to the adoption of RAF-specific rank titles in 1919, it was suggested that the RAF might use the Royal Navy's officer ranks, with the word "air" inserted before the naval rank title. For example, the rank that later became air marshal would have been air vice-admiral. The Admiralty objected to any use of their rank titles, including this modified form, and so an alternative proposal was put forward:
The rank insignia consists of two narrow light blue bands (each on a slightly wider black band) over a light blue band on a broad black band. This is worn on the lower sleeves of the dress uniform or on shoulders of the flying suit or working uniform.
The command flag for an air marshal is defined by the single broad red band running in the centre of the flag.
The vehicle star plate for an air marshal depicts three white stars (air marshal is equivalent to a three-star rank) on an air force blue background.