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On a disc Azure, a stylized fox head Gules, within two parabolic curves Or, all within a narrow border Yellow.

Attached above the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "SAM FOX" in Yellow letters.

Attached below the disc, a Blue scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed "1ST AIRLIFT SQUADRON" in Yellow letters.


Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The front view of a fox historically represents the mission of the unit and has become a tradition. The history began with the Army Air Corps in the late 1940's when flights carrying dignitaries were first designated "Special Flights." The mission then, as it is now, was to provide safe and reliable air transportation for the President and Vice President of the United States, cabinet members and other high ranking government and foreign dignitaries. The terminology "Sam Fox" was created when the call sign for "Special Flight" in the Army phonetic alphabet was "Sam" for "S" and "Fox" for "F." Thus, the mascot, "Sam Fox," was developed and has been used to this day to denote the special effort and excellence of the people associated with the unit's mission. The parabolic curves represent flight and motion. Aircraft of the1st Airlift Squadron fly continually, around the world and around the clock.

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