WentOnA777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1306 times:
When Orville and Wilbur right made their airplane, I heard that Orville was slightly drunk and painted the flag on backwards. Everybody thought that this was "proper" and so it continued that the flag would be painted backwards.
Falcon From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1242 times:
"Isn't it because English is the standard language of aviation? All pilots must also be fluent in written and spoken English as well for the same reason. "
Well, in international and commercial aviation English is the official language. In general aviation in non-English-speaking country it is normal to speak other languages as well. Here in Finland Cessnas etc. usually speak Finnish. Our airforce also uses Finnish in in-flight communication.
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1221 times:
The U.S. Flags are reversed on airplanes, is becaue the side with the Stars represents the leading edge of hte flag so to speak. I asked my supervisor when i was stationed back in Savannah, during the 98 deployment to Kuwait, why he flag patches on the desert camis was "backwards", and he told me it was due to the fact the U.S. Flag was leading the way in battle. It makes sense, so I'm sure U.S. Airlines do it for similar reasons as well.