A roundel is a circular disc used as a symbol. The term is used in heraldry, but also commonly used to refer to a type of national insignia used on military aircraft, generally circular in shape and usually comprising concentric rings of different colours. Other symbols also often use round shapes.
1 Heraldry 2 Military aircraft 3 Flags 4 In popular culture 5 Examples
6 See also 7 Notes 8 References
The French Air Service originated the use of roundels on military
aircraft during the First World War. The chosen design was the
French national cockade, whose colours are the blue-white-red of the
Flag of France. Similar national cockades, with different ordering of
colours, were designed and adopted as aircraft roundels by their
allies, including the British
Royal Flying Corps
The roundel, especially that used by the Royal Air Force, has been
associated with pop art of the 1960s, appearing in paintings by Jasper
Johns. It became part of the pop consciousness when British rock group
Czech Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
Swiss Air Force
Royal Thai Air Force
Korean People's Army Air Force
South African Air Force
Swedish Air Force
Other roundels Some corporations and organizations make use of roundels in their branding.
The United States Democratic Party
S.S.C. Napoli, an Italian football club
Winnipeg Jets, a Canadian NHL pro hockey team
Logo of the Target Corporation
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^ a b "What is the origin of the RAF roundel?". Royal Air Force Museum. Archived from the original on 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2014-10-04. In December 1914 the RFC followed the example of their French Allies and adopted red, white and blue circles... ^ Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1909). A Complete Guide to Heraldry. p. 151. ^ Scottish Public Register vol. 32, p. 26 ^ Russell, Gary (2006). Doctor Who: The Inside Story. London: BBC Books. p. 86. ISBN 0-563-48649-X.
Smith, Whitney (1975). Flags: Through the Ages and Around the World. McGraw Hill. pp. 24, 342. ISBN 0-07-059093-1. Donald, David, ed. (1986). The pocket guide to Military Aircraft and the World's Air Forces. Temple Press Aerospace. pp. 136–189. ISBN 0-