Airborne Slave to Fashion

Traveling back from Rome to Regensburg last week, I spotted this shirt on the back of an Asian dude (from Asia? From Europe? Who knows?).

FLIGHT FOR FREEDOM WITH THE STRENGTH OF AIRMAN THAT FOUGHT IN ALL THE GREAT BATTLES OF THE AIR WAR.  FROM BULL RUN TO APPOMATTOX

FLIGHT FOR FREEDOM
WITH
THE STRENGTH OF AIRMAN
THAT FOUGHT IN ALL THE GREAT
BATTLES OF THE AIR WAR.
FROM BULL RUN TO APPOMATTOX

I don’t get upset about national symbols appearing in fashion, and I even kind of enjoy reading engrish.com, but I am enough of a stickler to be annoyed about historical inaccuracies.

Can you spot what’s irking me?

7 thoughts on “Airborne Slave to Fashion”

  1. ian in hamburg

    Aw c’mon, Hawaii and Alaska aren’t real states, are they? They’re just for huntin’ and fishin’ and baskin’ in the sun ‘n stuff.

    1. cliff1976

      You’re thinking it’s about the number of states represented by stars on that flag? Nope, that’s not what irks me. Or at least not entirely. But that is what inspired me to go look up the evolution of the USA flag on Wikipedia. On a purely aesthetic level, I really like some of the older ones and potential new ones.

      Also, The Honourable Husband suspects sarcasm here, but that’s too generous for my tastes.

  2. Milly

    Flying during the Battle of Appomatox? And Bull Run? Now THAT is a vivid imagination that dude’s got….

    1. cliff1976

      Yeah, or whoever designed the shirt.

      Lest anyone decry the omission of observation balloons in the War Between the States: I don’t consider that war an “Air War” by any stretch. And the SPAD S.XIII patch is a dead give-away.

      Milly wins it!

      1. Milly

        That’s rich. Totally missed the patch. Somewhere in China, I think those seamstresses are having a right good chuckle.

        1. cliff1976

          Now there’s the sarcasm!

  3. Mom

    It’s probably the result of “fashion design” that uses the technique developed for naming new subdivisions: three columns of possible items; pick one from each.

    Ex. wood rock field
    oak stone estate
    pine tree knoll
    cherry gate hill
    river bank run

    In the case of this shirt, it was a mix and match of historical place names, symbols, and phrases. Not quite the effect they were going for.

    Love,
    Mom

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