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Iraqi Air Force - Iraq

Al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Iraqiya

Last modified: 2020-07-31 by ian macdonald
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[Iraqi Navy] image by Zoltan Horvath, 19 June 2014

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The Iraqi Air Force (IQAF) (Arabic: القوة الجوية العراقية; Al Quwwa al Jawwiya al Iraqiya) is the aerial warfare service branch of the Iraqi Armed Forces. The Iraqi Air Force was founded as RIrAF (The Royal Iraqi Air Force) on April 22, 1931 during the British rule of Iraq. Before the creation of the new air force, the RAF Iraq Command was in charge of all British Armed Forces elements in Iraq in the 1920s and early 1930s. After the 14 July Revolution in 1958 the Iraqi Air Force (IQAF) dropped the "Royal" from its name.
Esteban Rivera, 17 June 2014

The Flag

The flag is a light blue horizontal flag with the IQAF Coat of Arms in the middle, seen here in this video (at 1:10) from a BBC news report.
Image of flag. The flag looks like this.
Esteban Rivera, 17 June 2014


[Iraqi roundel] image by Željko Heimer

"This has nearly not changed since 1931. It is a green triangle with a black border. Superimposed on this has been a representation of the Arabic word "Jaish", for army, in red."
Source: Military Aircraft Insignia of the World c2e98]
Jarig Bakker, 19 April 2001

Formed in 1931 as the Royal Iraqi Air Force, renamed in July 1958 to Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Iraqiya.
Dov Gutterman, 17 June 2004

Fin flash

On the fin is painted the national flag. This marking changed when the national flag changed.
Source: Military Aircraft Insignia of the World c2e98]
Željko Heimer, 28 November 2001

The only change since 1931 was in tail insignia. While the Royal Iraqi Air Force used vertical rudder stripes in green-white-red-black, since 1958 the national flag has been used as fin flash (which was changed when the flag changed).
Dov Gutterman, 17 June 2004