Fabric, Insignia, 95th Aero Squadron, United States Army Air Service


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The "Kicking Mule" insignia represented 95th Aero Squadron of the United States Army Air Service (USAAS) during World War I. Formed at Kelly Field, Texas on August 20, 1917 and became the first American fighter squadron to fly into combat on February 16, 1918. This emblem was cut from the fabric of a squadron aircraft that flew during the conflict..

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Physical Description

United States Army Air Service (USAAS) 95th Aero Squadron fabric aircraft insignia; brown "Kicking Mule" figure in a blue circle on olive-green background. Also in the blue circle, underneath the mule figure, are three painted horseshoe shapes, each with German Maltese crosses painted inside.

Credit Line

Donated by Maj. J. S. M. Eley

Country of Origin

United States of America


Linen (flax), paint, dope, wood


  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Fabric): 61 x 102.9cm (24 in. x 40 1/2 in.)
  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Board): 63.3 x 103.7cm (24 15/16 x 40 13/16 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum