The Royal Air Force is the oldest independent air force and one of the most respected fighting forces in the world. The RAF organizes a rugby union side that promotes fitness and wellbeing in the corps and one of the most recognized teams is the 7’s side, the Spitfires.
The RAF Spitfires unveiled their 2014/15 home and away jerseys earlier this year. The new jerseys by apparel sponsor Canterbury take their inspiration from the legendary WWII fighter plane that the team is named.
The home jersey is cronulla blue on the body with red raglan sleeves and white v-neck collar. The jersey is given a unique look with a blueprint of the spitfire on the front of the jersey. The Royal Air Force Spitfire logo is over the left chest and Canterbury logo over the right chest. This is one of the only jerseys where the logos are not made to stand out as both fight for attention from the original blueprint.
The away jersey has become known as the ‘invasion shirt.’ The grey jersey with a diagonal yellow stripe from right-to-left on the upper chest features an image of the underside of the spitfire with the iconic black-and-white markings. The markings were used to help Allied forces on the ground identify friendly planes. The raglan sleeves use the black-and-white striping as well.
The diagonal yellow stripe serves as a background for the RAF Spitfire team logo and is continued on the back of the jersey. The yellow represents the markings on the tips of the propellers of the spitfire.
The ‘Premium Spitfire Kentish Ale’ logo is on the front center of both jerseys while the sleeves have RAFBF (Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund) and Help for Heroes.