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Air Force Introduces 2023 ‘Air Power Legacy’ Uniform

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[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site (although he’s still writing his weekly Substack column). Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month.]

A good Wednesday morning, Uni Watchers — happy hump day!

In case you missed it, yesterday featured the unveilings of three “one-off” uniforms: the Florida Gators debuted a BFBS uni for their “Saluting Those Who Serve” game; Mississippi State introduced a 1998 throwback uni for their Homecoming game; and, Nebraska tweaked their unis for their “100 Years of Memorial Stadium” game.

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Actually, yesterday contained a fourth one-off uniform unveiling, and that one was from Air Force, who showed off their helmets and uniforms for their annual “Air Power Legacy” Series game. This year, AF will be honoring the “Doolittle Raid” mission for their October 21 contest against Navy in Annapolis, Maryland.

To set the stage, let’s begin with the Air Force video promoting the game:

As you can see from the video, there were plenty of views of the uniform (as well as the quick history of the Doolittle Raid). I confess to watching a fair amount of The History Channel, so I was already familiar with the raid, but if you’re not, you might want to read that linked Wiki article above.

Clearly then, there is a “story” behind these uniforms, so let’s take an in-depth look at them now.


The helmet is chrome, with two different decals on either side. Per the Air Force: “The chrome helmet features the B-25 on the front bumper while the back bumper has the nicknames of the planes. Not every helmet will have a nickname, as only nine of the 16 planes had nicknames. Those unnamed aircraft will be represented with the name Doolittle. The right of the helmet features an image of a B-25 while the left has the Raiders patch from the jersey.”

Here’s a look at the front and back:


“The jersey features letters and numbers of steel and rivets like on the B-25 aircraft the Raiders flew in the mission. The right chest lists tail numbers of the aircraft that flew the mission.”

On the left sleeve, we see the squadron patch of the Doolittle Raiders.

The right sleeve contains an American flag patch.

Rear numbers are in the same style as the front. All players will have a “DOOLITTLE RAIDERS” NOB, rendered in steel gray. Numbers and NOB are both outlined in black.


According to the Air Force, “The pants feature the roundel logo on the left front, which includes the star that appeared on the B-25 aircraft. The Raiders mantra, Ever into Peril, appears down the right side of the pants, while Toujours au Danger is on the left leg, which is Ever into Peril in French.”


The Air Force “Legacy Series” dates back to 2016. Here are a look back at those uniforms.


This uniform celebrated the Tiger Shark teeth nose-art which has been represented on multiple Air Force aircraft dating back to World War II.


The Air Force honored the present, and future, of air power in 2017 with the F-35 theme. Helmets that year had five different designs. You can read more about that here.


The team honored the AC-130 in 2018. The helmet featured the AC-130 on one side, plus squadron patches on the other.


Air Force honored the C-17, a large military transport in 2019.


Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Falcons honored the Tuskegee Airmen with the 2020 edition.


The 2021 edition honored the B-52 Stratofortress.


The 2022 edition honored the Space Force. You can read much more about that edition here.

Much of the Air Force’s Legacy Series uniforms have involved multiple and detailed helmets. For a complete Air Force helmet history, which includes every helmet worn during the above years, click here.

You can see additional photos below:



Guess the Game from the Scoreboard

Guess The Game…

…From The Scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Chris Hickey.

The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).

Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):

Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.



Fun Stuff from Jimmy Corcoran

[Longtime reader, contributor and pal Jimmy Corcoran — son for former NFL & WFL Quarterback “King” Corcoran — often finds great uni-related material, shares stories of his father’s football exploits, and other fun things. Additionally, Jimmy was the impetus behind the popular “Guess the Game from the Uniform” contest and a pro football uni expert. This is part of a series of Fun Stuff from Jimmy. Enjoy!]

The Boston Patriots vs the Harlem Globetrotters next?

The Globetrotters have nothing on these uniforms, but I just wish this was in color. The Boston Patriots basketball team has a lot going on with these uniforms. It looks like the jerseys are shiny durene and the pants are satin, and a nice touch is that they have their numbers on there, too.

The Boston Patriots basketball team was sponsored by Hood. At first, I thought that may be a local gym? But with a little research, here is what that logo looks like. HP Hood is a dairy company based in Lynnfield, Mass.

By the looks of the players, I would guess this was around 1966. That is QB Babe Parilli on the far left and QB Tom Yewcic #14 on the far right. When my father got there in 1968, Babe was playing for the Jets (my father got his old #15 jersey) and I believe Yewcic may have been a coach with the Patriots by then. I found clips of my father on YouTube playing against the Dolphins in 1968. That is him in the background watching Hall of Fame QB Bob Griese dropping back; the King was always on the outside looking in when it came to the NFL.

He was the guard on the Pottstown Firebirds basketball team, and they used to play the Philadelphia Eagles in charity games. The King would have loved to play for the Patriots basketball team, but he was released in Jan. 1969, so he never made it to basketball tryouts.



Guess the Game from the Uniform

Based on the suggestion of long-time reader/contributor Jimmy Corcoran, we’ve introduced a new “game” on Uni Watch, which is similar to the popular “Guess the Game from the Scoreboard” (GTGFTS), only this one asked readers to identify the game based on the uniforms worn by teams.

Like GTGFTS, readers will be asked to guess the date, location and final score of the game from the clues provided in the photo. Sometimes the game should be somewhat easy to ascertain, while in other instances, it might be quite difficult. There will usually be a visual clue (something odd or unique to one or both of the uniforms) that will make a positive identification of one and only one game possible. Other times, there may be something significant about the game in question, like the last time a particular uniform was ever worn (one of Jimmy’s original suggestions). It’s up to YOU to figure out the game and date.

Today’s GTGFTU comes from D. Kurt Shroot.

Good luck and please post your guess/answer in the comments below.



And finally...

that’s it for the first article of the day.

Usually August is a pretty dead time for uniform announcements, but it seems as though the College Football train is driving ahead full steam. So if there are any more of those unveilings (or any other breaking uni news), I’ll do my best to get those on UW as soon as I can.

Everyone have a good Wednesday!



Comments (25)

    Scoreboard is the 1992 Gold Medal Men’s Basketball game between the USA (the Dream Team) and Croatia.

    Super, DJ!
    The anniversary of this matchup was just last week (8/8/92).
    This was the smallest margin of victory for the Dream Team in the tourney – a real nail-biter.
    Back then I wasn’t sold on the idea that the USA sending pros to compete at the Olympics was a good
    one – since then the Games (Summer and Winter) have lost much of their gravitas…I think that decision, plus the obvious geo-political changes, led to making them less relevent.

    It’s a shame the Air Force hit a grand slam with the tiger shark head helmets and haven’t used it regularly ever since… or, at least to my knowledge., at all. That said, I think those chrome helmets look sharp and am looking forward to seeing it on the field.

    As an aviation and WW2 history buff, I’ve gotta say that these Air Force uniforms are pretty terrible. They clearly just wanted to use a chrome helmet. The B-25 just looks like a picture my 12 year old niece would cut out for a collage, not a helmet logo.

    If they wanted to pay tribute to the B-25s and the crews that flew during the Doolittle Raids, they would have used colors that were used on those bombers. They were painted olive drab, with no exposed metal or rivets. Everything was painted. Using silver numbers and rivets has zero ties to the B-25s flown on this mission. There are also PLENTY of airworthy B-25s that use the correct color scheme that they could have used for the photoshoot as well.

    The USAAF Roundel on the front hip would have made a terrific helmet logo. The phrases on the pants look terrible.

    Olive drab helmet with the patch on one side, roundel on the other. White jersey NOB has the airplane nicknames/Doolittle. Olive drab pants.

    Good intentions, extremely lazy effort. They wanted a chrome helmet and all white uniform. That’s it.

    Chrome For Chrome’s Sake.

    This is so the exact opposite of Nebraska’s subtle and dignified tribute uni. Those aren’t dirty words, Nike.

    Even when the service academies actually come out with a good looking one-off, I’d rather just see them in the regular unis. Especially for Army/Navy. It’s one of the biggest games of the year…you don’t need turn the dial on the hype meter to 11.

    Yep, as an aviation geek, these give me heartburn as a Doolittle Raiders tribute. The silver/chrome theme would have been better if they wanted to honor Korean War vets, An F-86 Sabre theme with the characteristic yellow stripe trimmed in black on silver/chrome would be more appropriate if they wanted to go this direction.

    That one was a bit of a softball, because that’s the only time the Seahawks ever wore those particular green jerseys.

    Loved that look. Way more than what they usually wore in those days.
    Still annoys me to no end that they never wore those again because they lost that game.

    How many teams, especially in college, brought out a BFBS uni, gotten hammered while wearing them, and the following year bring out another BFBS mess?

    That jersey deserved more than one game. It sure looked better than the green over green they wear occasionally.

    I probably shouldn’t like the riveted numbers, but I do. A lot.
    Would rather the NOB simply read Raiders…put Doolittle on all back bumpers rather than pick/choose.
    I do not mind the chrome dome, but hate the use of different decals for each side.

    My level of contempt for chrome helmets may even surpass your level of contempt for orange Broncos pants. They shouldn’t be allowed on the field.

    I agree with you about the riveted numbers. That’s the only thing I like about this mess.

    In the Boston Patriots team photo, the team name is spelled incorrectly (PATROITS) on the jersey for Tom Yewcic #14 (back row, far right).

    One thing about being a proofreader: you don’t really notice a word misspelled as you do a word not “shaped” correctly. My eye went right to that jersey.

    Can you imagine a team named the Detroit Patriots? Patriots on the home jerseys and Detroit on roads. The people sewing the lettering on the front would be going crazy.

    I love those Boston Patriots uniforms and another great King story. Too bad the NFL teams do not field off season basketball teams anymore. Must be because of insurance policies and possible injuries. When I was a staffer with the Amsterdam Admirals back in the late 90s I once played a little hoops with some linebackers (many had played hoops in High School) and defensive backs on the court in front of the office. In their NFL Europe contracts it was stated as an unallowed activity. If they were seen even dribbling a ball they would be cut from the team. One of the coaches showed up and they scrambled off the court in all directions. Coach saw me with the ball and shook his head: he knew what was going on.

    Both of my parents say former Eagles WR Ben Hawkins could have played in the NBA! My mother was a cheerleader for a rival school and saw him play in high school and my father played for the Pottstown Firebirds basketball team and they played against the Eagles, my father said he felt like he was playing against Connie Hawkins, Ben was that good. Ben Hawkins finished his football career playing on the Philadelphia Bell.

    Do yourself a favor and look at the Hood logo upside down. A lot New Englanders with an immature sense of humor use it like that as a bumper sticker.

    As a one-off uniform, I don’t hate this, but the chrome silver helmet has me a bit puzzled. The Mitchell raid used B-25s painted in the then-common dark olive green of the USAAF, with light gray undersides.

    Though the hype video concludes with a B&W image of the famous silver goblets used by Doolittle raid veterans to celebrate their tontine. So maybe that’s the shiny silver reference behind the helmet?

    Info about the goblets and the raiders’ tontine: link

    I remember seeing the Patriots basketball team playing a team of teachers at my high school, so 1965-1966 is about right. The uniforms were red. Hood is still around. As a kid we toured their milk plant in Charlestown, Mass. Everybody got a small bottle of chocolate milk at the end.

    See that is what’s great about Uni Watch, when you don’t know something there is always someone to come along and fill in the blanks. So the bulk of the jersey is red and the darker shoulder stripes are blue, that’s what I thought but I also wondered could the bulk of the jersey be a royal blue with the shoulder stripes a dark red? Thank you.

    The Patriots did hoop games for many years. I was familiar with it as a school fundraiser type event where they would play the HS team, varsity boys for 1Q, varsity girls 1Q & teachers/coaches for a half or something. My dad was a HS math teacher & coach, so he played them at his school a few different years in the 70s & 80s. I know he played against Grogan, Tippett, Hannah, Stanley Morgan etc. My dad had been a great HS player & D3 college player, but he said the guys were of course big & great athletes and most were very skilled basketball players (to be expected as many of them were star multi-sport athletes in high school and possibly even college).

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