39th Cadet Squadron Patch Heraldry

"Jedi Knights, 1969

The patch, a rectangle edged in gray, spotlights a gray X-winged space fighter with a single red strip. This is a fictional spacecraft like those from George Lucas' STAR WARS movies. The fighter rockets around a dark blue planet and leaves a gold flame in its wake. The right side background is the black space, while the left side field is part of a blue planet. A large red "39," is followed by a smaller gray "JEDI," is in the upper left side.

The four dominate colors on the patch represent the different classes at the Air Force Academy. The squadron chose the name "Jedi Knights" because in the STAR WARS movies these beings were highly skilled, courageous and dedicated to a higher calling. They defended justice and freedom, traits representing the characteristics of the members of the 39th Squadron.

This, the squadron's second patch, replaced the original one during the '80-'81 academic year.

Infomation gathered for the page from "Squadron Insignia of the United States Air Force Academy" by P. Michael Sheridan, Library of Congress Catalog Number: 90-62369