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Trainees adopt ‘My Little Pony’ class patch

Last year, Flightlines wrote about military “Bronies” – guys who are really into “My Little Pony – some of whom like to wear “Pony” patches on their military uniforms.

To be clear, Bronies do not advocate wearing “My Little Pony” regalia on military uniforms, but one class of airmen learning how to fly incorporated the Brony ethos into its temporary class patch.

The website “Equestria Nightly” first reported about the patch, which includes the words “My Little Pilot.”

Like all class patches, the Brony patch for Class 14-05, which is training at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., is unofficial and only worn during pilot training, said 1st Lt. Thomas Barger, a spokesman for the 71st Flying Training Wing.

“It was kind of a fluke,” Barger said in an email.”During a slide show presentation while previewing the different patch options, the student presenter threw the ‘My Little Pilot’ patch design into the mix as an ironic joke.  That patch made it all the way through the approval process and is even more ironic since the class never really wanted it in the first place.  They thought it was so off the wall that it was hilarious.  They have embraced the irony and humor of the patch and in so doing have fostered closer ties with each other.”

Because airpower is like friendship: Magic.

Comments

  1. XD Says:
    July 29th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I used to collect UP patches, but stopped when I lost interest several years ago. However… I. WANT. THAT. PATCH!!!

  2. A. Nuran Says:
    July 29th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    And these are the people who will have Hell Weapons at their fingertips, bombs and missiles that can obliterate a city in an instant and destroy all higher life on Earth. Why do I suddenly feel a cold chill?

  3. B. Newhart Says:
    July 29th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Because you obviously don’t understand warfare, modern weaponry, or any information outside of whatever Pat Robertson has told you, A. Nuran.

    I SAID GOOD DAY!

  4. Dan Says:
    July 29th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    How can I get one of those patches? Can they be ordered?

  5. Jenny Says:
    July 29th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    My Dad’s squadron patch was Felix the cat on a cloud above a periscope. Lord knows the history of animated characters on squadron patches goes back to WWII. (Woody Woodpecker was a favorite.) They’re just carrying on a proud tradition.

  6. FiMvisible Says:
    July 30th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I’d like to bring to your attention that the website you’re citing as a source is actually called “Equestria Daily”, not “Equestria Nightly”. You were probably mislead by the blog’s header which, at that time, actually spelled “Nightly”. That happens sometimes (in this case it was to celebrate a fanmade video starring Luna, the ‘Princess of the Night’); however, the domain can be easily verified to be equestriadaily.com (and the header does recite so right now).
    Just letting you know. Nice and funny article, otherwise.

  7. Dogman15 Says:
    August 5th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Ha ha, he thought “Equestria Nightly” was the site’s name!