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Why Are National Flags Backwards On MH Aircraft?  
User currently offlineFly2CHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3936 times:

I've always wondered why one side of MH aircraft have the correct national flag position, whereas on the other side it is reversed with the cresent in the right hand corner (and therefore looks very bizaare). Is there a logical explanation for this? I can't believe it would be due to saving cost in template duplication.

Have a look at the following link (sorry, couldn't attach):

http://www.airliners.net/open.file?i...=4&prev_id=1246468&next_id=1246054

I have noticed this with other carriers too.

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User currently offlineJetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3925 times:

I wondered the same thing when I ordered some flags for my own plane. When I came to stick them on one was backwards. Then I realised that one one has to fly the flag, so obviously it will be blown back with the wind


Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5065 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

Quoting Jetfuel (Reply 1):
Then I realised that one one has to fly the flag, so obviously it will be blown back with the wind

Your right. Even US flags on the right side of aircraft will usually be backwards. This is done to show the direction the flag would be facing while flying.



I Am A Different Animal!!
User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1157 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 2):
Your right. Even US flags on the right side of aircraft will usually be backwards. This is done to show the direction the flag would be facing while flying.

Believe it or not I was going to post such a question after seeing several US airliners at CDG last week. Thanks for the beating me to it and clearing that up for me.



A330 man.
User currently offlineFly2CHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3453 times:

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 3):
This is done to show the direction the flag would be facing while flying.

But why is it so important? To me it just looks too wierd.


User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5065 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3350 times:

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 3):
Believe it or not I was going to post such a question after seeing several US airliners at CDG last week. Thanks for the beating me to it and clearing that up for me.

Your very welcome! I had asked the question years ago to a pilot. It totally made sense after he explained it to me.

Quoting Fly2CHC (Reply 4):
But why is it so important? To me it just looks too wierd.

I agree, it does look weird. But, I guess it is just the way it has been for some time. I would really be curious as to who started this? I would bet it goes waaay back to the WWI days.



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User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3325 times:

The idea is that the flag will always appear as if it is a real flag in the wind. This is how they look on ships.

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