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Rank badge of a Royal Air Force senior aircraftman

RAF senior aircraftman rank insignia as it appears on dress uniform

Air Specialist (Class 1), previously Senior aircraftman (SAC) or senior aircraftwoman (SACW)[1] is a rank in the Royal Air Force, ranking between leading aircraftman and senior aircraftman technician (SAC(T)) (although SACs in non-technical trades progress directly to corporal) and having a NATO rank code of OR-2. The rank, which is non-supervisory, was introduced on 1 January 1951. The rank badge is a three-bladed propeller.

The RAF changed the name to Air Specialist (Class 1) sometime in 2022.[2]

Senior aircraftman (technician)

From March 2005, SACs in technical trades who had attained the Operational Performance Standard were promoted to Senior aircraftman technician SAC(T) and given a new badge of rank, consisting of the three-bladed propeller inside a circle. This new rank was introduced, to distinguish airmen trained to work unsupervised from those who were not, and is equivalent to the old junior technician rank. The rank tile is now known as Air Specialist (Class 1) Technician.[3]


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