The tradition of military heraldry in the form of unit crests or badges wich symbolize the unit task or glorious feats of arms extended to aviation squadrons, with the usual themes of bravado and pride... but I came across these Spanish air force squadron mottos wich show a twisted sense of humor
45º Group: "We are getting tired of never missing"
In the air base at Albacete, home of the Wing 14, there are two squadrons, 141 and 142. The crest of the 142 is a saber tooth tiger, wich is all well and fitting, but in stark contrast, the crest of the 141 features Muttley, the famous flea ridden mutt that flew through the skies with the Vulture squadron in Hanna Barbera animated series "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines"
That's funny enough, but the motto is a mysterious PERO YOU PREFIERO SERLO = "... but I would rather be" that nobody knows what it means.
Turns out that there's a strong rivalry between the two squadrons, and that is a line from a crude teasing song the 141 uses to taunt the 142
I am a shit
I am a shit
I am a shit and I know it...
... but I would rather be it
than be a 142.
But the absolute winner of all time must be the 111 Squadron motto, created when the air force received its first jets in the 1950s from American aid, old surplus F86 Sabres. Those were hard times, as the motto describes, but from the look of it braved with good spirit
A wolf's head? No, a hyena! and the latin motto sounds imposing enough until you read it
Excrementa edit, iacet semel pro anno et tamen irridet
Eats shit, gets laid once a year, and yet he laughs!