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Painting the U.S. flag

Last modified: 2006-01-21 by rick wyatt
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[U.S. Flag Reversed] image by Rick Wyatt, 22 August 1998

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Painting the flag

On space vehicles the U.S. flag is "backwards" i.e. star region is in upper right instead of left.

This is done so that the flag looks as if it is blowing in the wind created by the forward movement of the ship of airplane. You can see this on cars and trucks as well. I have even seen Color Guards with the U.S. patch on the right sleeve with the canton reversed. However I believe the left shoulder sleeve is the accepted position.

John E. Niggley, 15 February 1996