bellerophonThe Emblem of the airborne forces isBellerophon mounted on the winged horse Pegasus. The first recorded instance of an airborne warrior, his exploits are recounted in Greek Mythology where he is chiefly famous for slaying the fire-breathing monster, Chimaera.

Mounted on Pegasus, with a spear in hand, Bellerophon rode into the air, swooped down upon the monster and destroyed it.

This Emblem was chosen for the British Airborne Forces by the late Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick (“Boy”) Browning GCVO, KBE, CB, DSO, DL, when he was appointed to raise Airborne Forces in 1941. The emblem was designed in May 1942, by Major Edward Seago, to be worn on the arms of all Airborne soldiers.