1st Aviation Regiment Insignia (including a ‘Rejected Trial Pattern Item’ and the recently issued metal shoulder title).

In a post last year, we published an image of the newly issued 1st Avn, 5th Avn and 6th Aviation Regiment (metal) shoulder titles.  On the other hand, this post shows an (updated) image from Volume 2 of “Metal Uniform Embellishments of the Australian Army” Post 1953 (the ‘QEII’ era)… which shows the ADF-approved headdress and collar  insignia for the 1st Aviation Regiment.

CB 244 1st Aviation Rgt hat, collar and metal title set, obverse

In this blog, we’ve taken the opportunity to feature images of the ‘Rejected Pattern’ hat badge design.  The following comparison images have been taken from the “Rouges, Repros, Regimental-Shop and Rejected-pattern items” (i.e. the ‘RRRR’) section of Volume 2… where the salmon colour-coded pages have been used to catalogue both collectible and questionable ‘4R’ variants.

Referring now to our recent posts covering trial pattern items for both the 5th and 6th Aviation Regiments, this blog now completes that 3 Regiment topic… by providing some commentary on the design revisions and the distinctions between the Trail Pattern and the Production variant insignia for the Australian Army’s 1st Aviation Regiment.

CB 244R 1 Avn Rgt obverse x2
Rejected pattern item on the left, shows both hind legs on the ‘ground’ (heraldically a ‘guardant‘ stance). In contrast, the successfully approved design shows one rear leg leg raised in what heraldic specialists would refer to as a ‘rampant’ stance.


Distinguishing Features: Rejected Pattern Vs the ADF’s ‘On-Issue’ Item

The Griffin’s leg stance revision has already been noted in the image caption above. Having said that… astute observers will see that the rejected pattern item (on the left) shows that the uppermost foreleg talons, are fully separated from the badge body structure. In effect, the same can be seen of the tip of the ‘lion’s’ tail in that trial pattern design.  Clearly, both of those structurally weak design elements are not present in the final and ADF-approved item (on the right).

CB 244R 1 Avn Rgt verso x2

As can be seen from the verso image of the issue item (above, right)… the two weaker design elements of the trial pattern item were revised and ultimately, both features were bought into contact with the badge body design… albeit with careful ‘relief’ work used on the obverse of the badge design.  While that revision work, certainly does give the visual appearance of full physical separation of those design features… an examination of the verso image above, does show actual points of structural contact (and therefore support) for those design features in the item which is now on-issue to Unit personnel.

Yours in Collecting and Writing

The Authors

“Metal Uniform Embellishments of the Australian Army” Post 1953 (the QEII era) Volumes 1 & 2

To quote and old friend:
“If you are able to read this, thank a teacher.
If you are able to read this in English, thank a soldier.”



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I am the "C" component of the "CB" numbering system used in our book called: Metal Uniform Embellishments of the Australian Army, Post 1953 ('QEII Series') Vol 1 (Insignia for Corps and Schools etc). Yep... that's a mouthful and the 614 page eBook is an eyeful to match... with images of the front and back of each item, as well as weights and measures for each, so that badge variants can be reliably distinguished by collectors, dealers, historians, re-enactor groups and enthusiasts anywhere in the world.

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