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Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment - 1971

Shield: Or quarterly between in front of an Arrow in pale point upwards Gules and Airman's Leather Glove proper grasping a Gauntlet Argent in fess four Martlets Gules all within a bordure barry of eight Argent and Vert.

Crest: On a Wreath of the colours Or and Azure (1&2, 1&2) an Astral Crown Or arising there-from between two demi-Globes Vert a Great Bustard proper charged on the wing with the Boss of a Horse's Bit Or.

Mantling: Gules doubled Argent.

Link: The main elements of the Arms reflect the badge awarded to the unit in 1939. The border of green & white bars are from the Arms of Wiltshire which allude to the unit's origin as part of the CFS at Upavon in 1914 and location at Boscombe Down since 1939. The arrow, representing true flight with the airman's glove and gauntlet symbolise aeroplanes and armament. The martlets indicate the unit's location at Martlesham Heath in Suffolk from 1917-1939.

Dominating the crest is the Great Bustard, once Britain's largest native bird which last roamed wild on Salisbury Plain towards the end of the 19th Century and also appears on the Arms of Wiltshire. An heraldic pun also forms part of the Arms. The device on the bird's wing is the boss from a horse's bit and the bird is rising from a valley or 'combe' in a 'down', the name given to the chalk uplands above or between river valleys.

Motto: Latin: Probe Probare – To test properly

This was produced for the RAF Heraldry Trust and is subject to Crown Copyright.