The path is a blue cloth triangular heraldic shield with concave upper corners, bordered with a goldish cord retreating from the edges.
The emblem is represented as a plate of Russian flag colors repeating the patch’s contour. The text on the blue stripe in its upper part reads: “Long-Range Aviation.” From the both sides the plate is framed with a golden wreath of laurel and oak leaves. On the golden curly bracket at the bottom of the sleeve patch is the small emblem military aircraft – a propeller with soaring wings.
In the center of the emblem there is the waving flag of the Air Force with the State Coat of Arms of Russia. Above and below it there is the image of the “Alpha and Omega” of Long-Range Aviation – the world’s first heavy four-engine bomber “Ilya Muromets” and modern strategic bomber Tu-160 “White Swan” (“Blackjack” in NATO classification).
The elements of the small emblem of military aviation: the propeller – the symbol of flight, the soaring wings – the symbol of speed and mobility. The blue color of the heraldic shield is the symbol of honor and fidelity, the traditional color of the cloth of the Russian Air Force uniform.
The laurel-and-oak wreath is the symbol of fidelity to the duty, valor and glory of military aviators.
The blue background of the Air Force Banner symbolizes peaceful cloudless sky. The fourteen yellow rays represent the rays of the sun and symbolize equal orientation, warmth and openness of relations with other states and nations.
“Ilya Muromets” (S-22 ) is the first heavy bomber designed by Igor Sikorsky in 1913.
Tu-160 is a supersonic strategic bomber-missile carrier with variable wing sweep. It is the biggest supersonic aircraft in the history of aviation, and the heaviest combat plain in the world. It has the heaviest maximum take-off mass among bombers. The pilots have nicknamed it “White Swan”.
Long-Range Aviation is a part of the “nuclear triad” – Russian strategic weapons of offense carrying atomic missiles.