Air Force Duck
- National Archives Store Exclusive
Before you head off into the wild blue yonder, it might be time to take a bath. Our cute pilot duck is ready to serve, making sure that bath time is infinitely more fun with a floating friend. This National Archives Store exclusive is a cheery way to show pride and support for the U.S. Air Force.
In September 1947, the proposed Air Force seal was exhibited in the office of the new Secretary of the Air Force, and later a panel of about 30 top-ranking Air Force officers reviewed it. The design had a green background and featured the Wright brothers' airplane as the central point. The panel recommended that the background be blue and that a symbolic design replace the airplane. Mr. DuBois of the Army Quartermaster General's office sketched Jupiter's thunderbolt, and it was adopted. The final drawing was approved by President Truman on November 1, 1947.
Approved insignia designs and seals are held in trust by the National Archives in the Military holdings.