The IAF had adopted the RAF uniforms , badges, brevets and insignia
when it was formed in 1932 and has followed the same pattern till date. There were subtle
changes, for when India went republic, the Royal Crown Insignia was replaced with the
Ashoka Symbol of Saranath. The Khaki Uniform underwent a transformation into sky
blue shirt/navy trousers combination in 1990. General rank Officers are wearing
collar tabs with stars in the style of Army red collar tabs.
The crest of the IAF too underwent minor changes. Most significant
besides the replacement of the Crown with the Ashoka Symbol was the inclusion in
Devanagari Script the words "Bharatiya Vayu Sena" and the motto "Nabha
Aircraft insignia followed the RAF pattern except for a short period
after independence when the Ashoka Chakra markings were used briefly. Otherwise the RAF
Roundel and Fin Flash markings along with RAF style serial numbers were implemented
The Pictures of the IAF Brevets, and the RIAF Crest are from the book, The Flying Machines : Indian Air Force 1933 to 1999 by Vijay Seth. You
can order the book by going to BR Book Store.