Portuguese Air Force Heraldry

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Re: Portuguese Air Force Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 25 Mar 2013, 17:18

Well Chris to the Portuguese they seems to be Dragons, the Blason on the Air Force site says:

Dois dragões de púrpura, armados e lampassados de prata = Two Dragons purpure armed and languaged? Argent.

So in Portuguese Herladry they don't seem to make the distinction between a Dragon and a Wyvern.

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Re: Portuguese Air Force Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 02 Apr 2013, 17:24

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Arms of the Commander of the Direction of Weapons Systems Maintenance. The Crest is an early flying vessel the Passarola.

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Re: Portuguese Air Force Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 02 Apr 2013, 17:26

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Arms of the Manouver Aerodrome No 1.

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Re: Portuguese Air Force Heraldry

Postby Chris Green » 02 Apr 2013, 20:39

At a guess, the chief and bend of the Manoeuvre Aerodrome's CoA reflect its two runways. But what is the tincture? Not argent because that is in the four-pointed star. Azure? Gray?? I suppose gray (same for the chief in the CoA beneath).
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Re: Portuguese Air Force Heraldry

Postby Jeremy Kudlick » 03 Apr 2013, 03:59

I recall reading that cendrée or cindrée was used for gray in some countries, and it was treated as a fur regarding the rule of tincture.
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Re: Portuguese Air Force Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 03 Apr 2013, 16:24

Chris Green wrote:At a guess, the chief and bend of the Manoeuvre Aerodrome's CoA reflect its two runways. But what is the tincture? Not argent because that is in the four-pointed star. Azure? Gray?? I suppose gray (same for the chief in the CoA beneath).


The blason on the Air Force Site says "De verde, chefe banda de prata carregado, na dextra, da estrela de quatro pontas, da OTAN, de branco e azul." So the tincture is Vert and Argent (in Port. Prata) and the NATO Star White and Blue.

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Re: Portuguese Air Force Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 21 Apr 2013, 11:56

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General Staff of the Air Force.

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Arms of the General-Inspectorate of the Air Force. The Keys symbolises the controling function of the Unit.

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Arms of the Inspector-General, who has the rank of Lieutenant-General.

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Re: Portuguese Air Force Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 21 Apr 2013, 11:58

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Arms of the Director of the Air Force Hospital.

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Arms of the Air Medical Center.

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Arms of the Recruiting and Mobilisation Center.

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Re: Portuguese Air Force Heraldry

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 08 Feb 2014, 17:51

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Arms of the Air Force Band.

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Arms of the Central Depot of the Air Force, symbolising the Weapons keept here.

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Arms of the Heraldry Office of the Air Force.

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Re: Portuguese Air Force Heraldry

Postby Chris Green » 08 Feb 2014, 18:25

I believe the instrument is intended to be a french horn (or trompa francesa in Portuguese). It is however unusual in that the mouthpiece end is inside rather than outside the circular tube. I can find no image on Google of a horn that matches it. Perhaps it is unique to Portugal, or perhaps the heraldic artist had no access to the real thing (but then why would the Portuguese Air Force accept the design?).
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