The United States Air Force Symbol is the symbol of the United States Air Force. It was introduced in January 2000. Guidelines that outlined appropriate uses for the new Air Force symbol were released March 23. The symbol was first tested on gates and water towers in August.
In the late 1990s, Air Force senior leadership directed a commercial company, specializing in corporate branding, to research and develop a unique symbol. Company representatives traveled throughout the Air Force and to major U.S. cities to conduct research and become intimately familiar with the Air Force and its culture, environment, and heritage.
The new Air Force symbol is based on the familiar World War II Henry H. Arnold ("Hap" Arnold) wings and represents the service's heritage. The symbol's modern design represents the Air Force's present and future leading edge capabilities defending the United States.