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Qantas & The Australian Flag  
User currently offlineMonkeyboi From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 457 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3436 times:

Not sure if this has been covered before. I was wondering why the Australian flag on Qantas aircraft is 'inverted' with the union jack in the upper right hand corner and the southern cross on the left.

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User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2059 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3420 times:

I don't know why but its not only QF, AA does it too.


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User currently offlineLY4XELD From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 857 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3420 times:

Its just like any other flag on an aircraft. It's on the aircraft so that it appears as though it is being swept backwards in the direction the wind would blow it on the airplane. Think of the left hand side (if it wasn't "inverted") as the flagpole and the wind blowing it backwards. That's probably not the clearest explanation in the world, but the best I can think of at the moment!


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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3831 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3380 times:

Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 2):
Its just like any other flag on an aircraft

Well almost, but not always...

eg.


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User currently offlineAntskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 910 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

Quoting LY4XELD (Reply 2):
t's on the aircraft so that it appears as though it is being swept backwards in the direction the wind would blow it on the airplane

Or the imaginary flagpole of the imaginary flag is to the front of the plane, with the flag flying behind it. The flag is not "inverted" on the starboard side: an assymetrical flag always looks like this way if the pole is to the right of the flag. In the case of the Australian flag, the Union Jack is always next to the pole; never away from the pole, which is the "home"/axis of the flag. The flag is conventionally shown as flying from a pole to the left, but with the pole removed. In this case the Union Jack is to the left. On the other hand, when the pole is to the right of the viewer, the Union Jack is always to the right, again next to the pole. The "conventional" (left-poled) flag is an abstract one, as no flag can fly without a pole. A real flag has both a left and right aspect, unless completely symmetrical.


User currently offlineOwlEye From Netherlands, joined Feb 2006, 957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

I find it very important that a flag is inverted windy likewise. But adding a flag to a registration is not that important, however it looks good and logical when airlines invert their flag at the right side of the plane.

See what we did with VG Airlines, the Belgian flag was inverted at the right side of the plane's tailfin and outside winglet: you see how the inner side of the right winglet looks!! A brand name is not often invertable:


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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4602 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3081 times:

Quoting OwlEye (Reply 5):
But adding a flag to a registration is not that important, however it looks good and logical when airlines invert their flag at the right side of the plane.

I think it's important. It's a nifty livery addition for any aircraft.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2925 times:
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SAA have it like that too, when the flag is flying on a flagpole the Y faces the pole, so on the right side of the plane it is back to front


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