Heraldic Badge

Official Badge

The official 2030 (Birmingham Airport) Squadron heraldic badge, shown here, was approved in May 2016 and was the first official badge for Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing, followed by 492 (Solihull) Squadron in November 2017.

In 2013, after appointment of a special projects officer, badges and protocol at HQRAFAC, along with consultation with the Inspector of RAF Badges, a distinct frame; comprising of a red body, scroll and astral crown was approved for Air Cadet formations. This was based on the frame of the Air training Corps badge approved by King George in May 1941. This allowed Squadron to create badges or have their unofficial badges approved.

The central insignia of the 2030 badge was based on the designs of the unofficial 2030 (Elmdon and Yardley) badge of a red pegasus and flash of lightning, used by the Squadron previously, with the addition of a grassy mount that links the names of the Squadron previously; both to Elmdon which means ‘hill of the elm trees’ and the moated medieval site at Yardley.

The Squadrons’ motto “Succeed through persistence” was suggested by the Inspectorate of RAF Badges and immediately resonated to the staff taking into account the Squadrons’ history and ability to persevere to succeed through any situation. After a design process the badge was then hand painted.

Upon receipt of the hand painted Squadron badge from the College of Arms in London it went on to be framed along with the blazon and short history. It was unveiled at the Name Change ceremony held at Birmingham airport where the Cadets saw it for the first time. It was then proudly displayed in 2030’s main parade room.

The badge was used to produce squadron clothing and other commemorative items including embroidered flying suit badges and wall shields. A wall shield was presented to both the Sheldon Branch RAFA and the Knowle Branch RBL as a recognition of our years of affiliation.

The Squadron blazon (heraldic description of the central insignia) is;

“In front of a Pegasus rampant Gules on a Grassy Mount
proper a Flash of Lightning bendwise Or

Squadron Heraldic Badge
The framed Squadron badge being unveiled at the name change ceremony from Flt Lt Slade

Design Process

Various versions of the central insignia were discussed between FS Wakeman and the College of Arms artist and amendments made to reflect both correct heraldry and the wishes of the Squadron.

The first sketch of the 2030 badge central insignia

The second sketch of the 2030 central insignia with the head to the dexter (left) and a redesign of the lightning flash
The third and final sketch of the 2030 central insignia with the lightning flash shortened, tongue removed and the right wing drawn to the right form behind the head

Digitisation

In December 2018 the Air Training Corps had its heraldic badge re-digitised to meet modern standards.

Flt Lt Wakeman, now OC arranged to have the badge created in the same style as the Corps badge for use on digital and social media.

Unofficial Badge

Created around 2004 by Flt Lt Upton this badge was used by the Squadron until May 2016. It did not follow heraldic rules or the newly approved frame. Additionly the motto was already in use by No. 45 Squadron RAF.

A flying suit badge was made with this badge along with being embroidered onto squadron clothing.

The badge was used on a mirror made to commemorate XXXX years of the Squadron which was displayed for many years in the main parade room before being moved to the squadrons heritage section.

The unofficial badge of 2030 (Elmdon and Yardley) Squadron used before May 2016

Other Variations

There have been other variations of the Squadron badge prior to 2000, the history and influence is unknown.

This depiction showing an older style variation of the badge with unknown flying colours was displayed above the canteen hatch for many years before being moved to the Squadrons’ heritage section.