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Colour of the Aeronautics Service 1922-1931 (Spain)

Estandarte del Servicio de Aerostación

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[Colour of the Aeronautics Service 1922-1931 (Spain)]
image by Sergio Camero, 14 September 2002

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This estandarte was approved by Royal Order of 15 September 1922 and was the first Colour given to an air unit in Spain. It is deposited in the Air Museum. Military Aerostación begins its activity in 1896 being part of the 4th Company of the Battalion of Telegraph Engineers of the Army. The Aviation Service was created in 1913. However, the first balloon had been built at the Artillery Academy in 1792 and a "Yon" type balloon was bought from France in 1888, which was used by Queen Isabel II in 1889.

The Service participated actively in the Africa War (1909) and fundamentally during the Alhucemas landing (1925), the first operation of this type in history. Sources:

  • José Sánchez-Rocha Taboas, Banderas del Ejército del Aire
  • Calvo and Grávalos 1983 [cag83]
  • José Luis de Frutos, Símbolos del Ejército del Aire

Sergio Camero, 14 September 2002