|PHOTO / RISHIKA BARUAH|
It’s like the guys at 81 Sqn who designed this thought, “Hey, I remember that cool Vin Diesel flick and how they drew the title. I should think of something that slick… Oh, screw it, let me just take the damn thing, who remembers that movie anyway.”
I have friends in 81 Squadron, and they agree that calling attention to this is the right thing to do. The IAF and its men deserve better than what appears to either be a resounding error of judgement, or complete lack of awareness. Difficult to say which is worse.
UPDATE (Sept 2 / 19.05HRS): The Indian Air Force called today, accepted the assertions in this piece, and made the following 2 points that I’m placing here for the record: 1. The logo used in the patch is only a ‘first cut’, was decided on by the squadron together, and that will not be part of the 81 Squadron’s official crest which is currently under preparation by the Air HQ. 2. Internal squadron funds were used for these patches, and that no “public money” was spent on them.