The Royal Canadian Air Force Tartan, also known as the RCAF Tartan, was created in the early 1940s by Group Captain (G/C) Elmer Fullerton, who served as Director of Signals and Communications for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). During the early 1940s, Group Captain Elmer Fullerton was tasked with designing a tartan for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) that would combine the Anderson tartan with RCAF colors. The result was a unique tartan that was initially woven into a 16-yard sample by the Loom Crofters of Gagetown, New Brunswick in Canada. The Air Council of RCAF approved the design on May 21, 1942, and it has since become a symbol of pride and tradition for the RCAF. The tartan was designed based on the Anderson tartan and the colors of the RCAF. Fullerton wanted a tartan that would reflect the spirit and traditions of the RCAF.
Approximately 16 yards of the tartan were woven by Loom Crofters of Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada, as a sample. It was approved by the Air Council of RCAF on 21 May 1942. The tartan consists of four colors: light blue, dark blue, green, and black. The light blue represents the sky, the dark blue represents the oceans, the green represents the land, and the black represents the power of the aircraft. The Royal Canadian Air Force Tartan has become a symbol of the RCAF and is worn by RCAF personnel, their families, and supporters of the RCAF. It is often seen at RCAF events and ceremonies, as well as at other events where the RCAF is represented. The tartan is also available for purchase by the general public and can be used for various purposes, such as kilts, scarves, ties, and other accessories. The Royal Canadian Air Force Tartan represents the rich history and traditions of the RCAF and is a unique and important part of Canadian culture.