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.