Dark Mission Insignia

Although I’ve read a great deal about the fantastically oblique heraldry and insignia of the purported “black world” of the U.S. military — namely in the (recommended) work of Trevor Paglen — I’ve never come across it in the flesh, er, vinyl decal. Imagine my joyful surprise at discovering a treasure trove of mission stickers, identifiers, and decals at the small-aircraft annex of the Portland International Airport this week. Apparently pilots of all stripes pass through and leave their mark. Decode at will, and read more here.

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Comments

  1. #1 dalas v
    June 3, 2008

    One of these is similar to a group on the PBS show Carrier

    http://www.pbs.org/weta/carrier/air_wing_11.htm